The thermometer has been hitting triple digits already and it’s not even July! We know how to cool ourselves off during this hot weather but it is not as easy for our four legged friends, so it is up to us to help them. Here are a few helpful tips to ensure that our animals stay cool and healthy when the temperatures rise this summer.
If you must take your pets with you to exercise, do it in the early morning or late evening hours when it’s a bit cooler out.
* Remember the ground is HOT! When the air is 77 degrees outside the ground can be 125 degrees! Don’t stand around outside on the concrete with your animals. Imagine what it’s like for them on a 90-degree day! We wear shoes, they don’t!
* Never leave your animals in a car! This may seem like a no brainer but unfortunately we hear many sad stories every summer of animals being left in hot cars and tragedies occurring.
* Apply sunscreen to areas of the skin with little or no hair such as the nose, mouth, ears and belly. A veterinarian can advise as to which sunscreen can be used for pets.
* Always make sure plenty of water is available with ice cubes so it’s kept cold.
*Never keep animals outside when heat is intense.
Some animals like the water and a quick run through the hose can be fun, as well as filling up a shallow baby pool. However always make sure if you have a regular swimming pool that pets like to swim in that they are always monitored. Just like humans, there is always a danger of drowning.
* Give you pets ice cubes for treats and put them into their water dish.
* Another frozen treat is doggy popsicles, which are sold in some grocery stores. Or can make your own.
If you have any other helpful tips that you would like to share with us please feel free!