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How to keep your pets cool in the Summer

How to keep your pets cool in the Summer

With Summer upon most of us it’s that time of a year to take extra care of your pets from rising temps. Here are some steps to make sure they stay safe while still enjoying the Summer season.

Exercise times

Be wary of when the hottest times of the day are. A good time to take your pet on walks is in the morning and early evening when temps are at their lowest. Always carry enough water for both of you.

Hot pavement

In conjunction with the previous tip on exercise times, if you do take your pet out during peak temps, make sure to check the pavement. If the pavement is too hot for human feet it’s most like too hot for your pets paw pads. If you absolutely have to go outside walk your pet in the grass or use booties.

Keep your home cool

If you leave your pets home alone take extra precaution in the summer. Use best practices such as leaving your blinds closed, leave some windows open and if you don’t have AC leave a fan on. Also make sure your pet has plenty of water!

Shade and water

If you let your pets alone in your yard it’s best to make sure there are shaded areas. Trees are the best as this allows for full air flow versus a dog house which only has one way for air to get in. Just as important as shade is also making sure there is plenty of water available at all times. Other common items a lot of owners have in their yard is a sprinkler and/or kiddie pool for your pets to cool off in.

Keep a close eye on at-risk dogs

Snub-nosed dogs such as pugs or bulldogs have smaller airways making it harder to release heat. Older and overweight dogs are also prone to breathing problems.

Grooming

For long hair dogs remove any mats and tangles as this will help keep them cool. However, consult your vet before you clip or shorten their coat as the extra hair may also keep them cool.

Vet check up

Summer is also a time where there is an increase in fleas and mosquitoes which can carry diseases and heartworm. The parvovirus also spreads easily in the Summer so make sure all your pets shots are up to date and that they get their regular meds to prevent pests.

Source: Mary Jo. DiLardo (WebMD). “How to Keep Your Dog Cool in the Summer”. April 15, 2018. WebMD LLC, pets.webmd.com/dogs/features/dog-cool-summer#1

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