How to Beat the Heat for Your Pets

June 7, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | 2 Comments

It’s that time of year again when sprinklers dot lawns and ice cream truck music can be heard from blocks away. Finally, the winter freeze and spring chill are gone as families head to the pool and their grills for some summer fun as thermometers rise.

We take all the precautions necessary for ourselves when it comes to heat and sun exposure, but often forget about our loyal friends: our pets. Heat can be very problematic for pets, especially those with thick coats. Heat stroke, dehydration, and even sunburn are all common summer ailments for pets that could be fatal. Here are some quick and easy “Beat the Heat” tips to help keep your pet cool during the dog days of summer.

  • Supply a shady area for your pet to rest outside along with cool water to prevent dehydration.
  • Never leave your pet alone in a parked car so as to avoid a fatal heat stroke.
  • After enjoying a swim, make sure to wash your pet’s fur to remove chlorine buildup.
  • Don’t allow your pet to drink pool water, which could lead to an upset stomach.
  • At your next groomer visit, ask for a shorter summer cut to help prevent overheating.
  • Keep lawn and plant fertilizers or chemicals out of reach from your pets, as well as avoiding areas that have been treated with chemicals.
  • Signs of Heat Stroke: excessive panting, increased heart rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor, seizure, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, collapsing, and a temperature above 104 degrees.
  • Dogs and cats with flatter faces (Pugs, Persian cats) are more susceptible to heat stroke since they can’t pant as effectively as dogs and cats with longer faces.

Remember, if you suspect your pet may be suffering from any of these ailments, call your veterinarian immediately.

The summer is a great time to be outdoors and relax by the pool. Make sure to take care of your pet so that they can enjoy the beautiful weather, too.

For more information, click on these websites:

http://www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/summer_care_tips_for_you_and_your_pets/

http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-care-tips/hot-weather-tips.html

Written by: Heal from Pet Loss intern Sean Mikita. Currently a senior at Duquesne University.

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  1. Hi!
    thanks for such a knowledgeable article, yes! here in Pakistan in summer due to harsh weather its very difficult to save pets from high temp: but with your article i got lot of knowledge & clues to make them cool.
    Regards!
    Dr. Anjum

    • Dr. Anjum,
      I am so happy that you found the article useful written my my intern! I’ll be sure to tell Sean. And I’m happy you found my site all the way in Pakistan since my site is fairly new! May I ask how you found it or what you searched on if you can remember.
      Best wishes,
      Karen


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