Keep Pets Safe this Summer

Summer is heating up … well, okay … summer starts officially on June 20th, but it’s starting to heat up enough for it to be dangerous for your pets. These high temperatures must be taken seriously when it comes to your furry friends.

The Human Society’s website (https://www.humanesociety.org/) has some great tips for keeping your pets safe this summer.

Never leave your pets in your car. Not even for a short time, even if it’s running with the air conditioner on. Even on a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise to dangerous levels in short amount of time. For example, on an 85-degree day, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. At these temperatures, your pet may suffer from organ damage or die.

Keep an eye on the humidity. “It’s important to remember that it’s not just the ambient temperature, but also the humidity that can affect your pet,” says Dr. Barry Kellogg, VMD, of the Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association. “Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels—very quickly.”

Adjust your walks and exercise. Move around your workout times with your pet in accordance with the temperature. Early morning or evening hours are best. Concrete and especially asphalt can burn your pet’s paws, so walk your dog on grass if possible. Remember to always carry water with you to keep you and your dog hydrated.

Don’t rely on a fan. Pets release heat different than humans do. Dogs, for instance, sweat primarily through their feet and a fan won’t cool off your dog as effectively as they do people.

Provide shade and water. Make sure that your pets have plenty of shade and cold water when spending time outside. During high temperatures, add ice to their water whenever possible.

These easy tips could keep your pets safe from heatstroke or even death. Have fun, enjoy and be safe this summer!