Keep Your Pets Safe in the Heat: Tips for Keeping Dogs Cool During the Summer

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The summer months can be uncomfortable—even dangerous—for pets and people alike. Rising temperatures, coupled with high humidity, can make it challenging to keep everyone safe and comfortable. However, by following some essential tips, you can help ensure your furry friends stay healthy and cool all summer long.

1. Never Leave Your Pets in a Parked Car

Even with the windows slightly open or the air conditioner running, the temperature inside a car can quickly become lethal. On an 85-degree day, the temperature inside a car can soar to 102 degrees within 10 minutes and reach 120 degrees in half an hour. Always take your pets with you or leave them at home where it’s cooler.

2. Watch the Humidity

High humidity exacerbates the effects of heat on pets. When the air is humid, animals can’t cool themselves as effectively by panting. This can quickly lead to dangerous overheating. Always monitor the humidity levels and limit your pet’s exposure to hot, humid environments.

3. Limit Exercise on Hot Days

Exercise should be limited to early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler. Avoid asphalt, as it can burn your pet’s paws, and always carry water to prevent dehydration. For breeds with white-colored ears, be extra cautious as they are more susceptible to skin cancer. Short-nosed breeds can have difficulty breathing in the heat and should be monitored closely.

4. Provide Ample Shade and Water

Ensure your pets have access to plenty of fresh, cold water and shade whenever they are outside. Adding ice to their water can help keep it cool longer. Tree shade and tarps are better options than doghouses, which can trap heat.

5. Use Cooling Products

Cooling wraps, vests, and mats can provide significant relief from the heat. Soak these products in cool water and they can stay cool for up to three days. A cooling soak in a bath can also help if your dog enjoys water.

6. Create a Cooling Space at Home

Place fans or air conditioning units in the areas where your pet spends most of their time. Cooling mats, ice packs, and wet towels can also help lower their body temperature. Keep a spray bottle filled with cool water handy to mist your dog periodically.

7. Watch for Signs of Heatstroke

Signs of heatstroke include heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, vomiting, and a deep red or purple tongue. If you suspect your pet is suffering from heatstroke, move them to a shaded or air-conditioned area immediately, apply cool (not cold) water to their body, and seek veterinary assistance promptly.

8. Plan for Power Outages

Prepare for summer storms that might cause power outages. Have a disaster plan in place to keep your pets safe from heat stroke and other heat-related issues. Battery-operated fans, cooling mats, and plenty of water should be part of your emergency kit.

9. Consider Dog Daycare Services

During the hottest parts of the day, consider taking your dog to a professional dog daycare like District Dogs. Our facilities are equipped with climate-controlled environments, ensuring your pet stays cool and comfortable. Our team provides constant supervision, and our Protect-All Flooring is designed for safety and comfort. Plus, with live HD webcams, you can check in on your pet anytime, giving you peace of mind.

Don’t let the summer heat put your pet at risk. Book a reservation with District Dogs today to keep your furry friend safe, cool, and happy. Visit our website to find the nearest location and learn more about our daycare, boarding, and grooming services. Your pet’s safety and comfort are our top priorities!

By following these tips and utilizing professional daycare services, you can help ensure your pet stays cool and safe all summer long. Stay vigilant and proactive in your efforts to protect your furry friends from the heat.

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