TIPS ON HOW TO SAFELY ENJOY THE WARM WEATHER WITH YOUR PETS
As we enjoy the warmer weather and spend more time outdoors, we will likely be taking our dogs along on our escapades. However, hot weather can pose a few dangers to our pets.
Here are a few tips to keep them safe and have an enjoyable and relaxing time outside.
NEVER leave your pet in a hot car
“It was just for a minute,” will never be OK. At NO time, is it ever safe for your pet to be alone in a car. Cars heat up quickly, even with the windows cracked. Many pets die each year, as a result, of being left alone in a car.
Think it is safe to leave the car running with the air-conditioner on? Think again. What happens if the car shuts off? Additionally, your pet could accidentally open a window and potentially, jump out. It’s just not worth the risk.
WATER AND SHADE
No matter the length of time you will be spending away from home with your pups, ALWAYS bring plenty of cold, fresh water. There are so many innovative products on the market to easily carry, and pour your pup’s water.
A means to provide your pet shade is super important. That umbrella in your car can become super handy in open areas.
Try to walk your dog in shaded areas, as much as you can. AVOID leaving your pet in the yard alone while you are not home.
Provide your pet with cooling, icy treats. Click here for a few DIY recipes from The American Kennel Club. Cool them down with a hose, or even cooling vest.
Rule of thumb, if the concrete is too hot for the palm of your hand, it’s way too HOT for your pet. Hot concrete, cement, or even sand can cause severe burns and/or injuries to your pet’s paws.
SWIMMING IN LOCAL PONDS AND LAKES
For all you need to know about the safety of local waters, check out our recent blog about the dangers of blue green algae. Click here to read.
TAKE BREAKS OFTEN
AVOID lengthy outside play with your pets during the heat of the day. Be sure to give your pet(s) plenty of breaks. They are having fun, and will not necessarily know when it’s time to quit.
Run with your pup? Consider doing this early in the day, or later in the evening.
SYMPTOMS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION
How will you know that your pet may be suffering from heat exhaustion? The following are signs/symptoms to look for:
- Excessive panting
- Difficulty breathing
- Over excess of drooling
- Changes in normal gum color
- Problems urinating
- Fast heartbeat/pulse
- Vomiting and/or diarrhea
If you notice that your pet is exhibiting one or more of these symptoms, get your pet to a cool, shaded place, immediately. Pour cool (avoid ice water) water on the pet’s paws. Ice water can shock the system and be counterproductive to their recovery.
If your pet loses consciousness and/or starts having seizures, get emergency care immediately. It’s best to contact your veterinarian, even if you think the pup is feeling better.