A combination of high temperatures and humidity makes for a dangerous recipe when pets are outside. Read on for 6 tips to help your pets stay cool in the heat.
As I write this post, it is 112 degrees outside. Add in 30 percent humidity and it feels like a convection oven! Every year around this time, I question our sanity for living in the desert. At the end of each day, I always think, “whew, we are one day closer to fall!”
Buck our six year-old golden retriever and I walk three miles a day six days a week, nine months of the year. During the hot desert summer months (June through September/October), I em very flexible with our exercise schedule. We walk in the early mornings before the sun comes up and we walk a shorter distance. Even walking this early, there are those days that are just too hot and humid for any exercising outside. During July and August, if we are able to walk four days a month, it is truly a miracle!
Regardless of what part of the country you live in, summer is hot and it is important to keep pets safe in the heat. Here in the southwest, we do not walk on asphalt when the sun is high (it gets so hot it is squishy when you walk on it). We also try avoid cement, dirt and gravel. We invested in Paw Covers to protect Buck’s paws in the heat. If you live in a cold country they are awesome for protecting their paws in the rain and snow.
I carry a gallon of water in the car for each person and pet that are traveling in the car. Buck has a collapsible dog bowl that does not take up any room. It is perfect for food and water when we are on the road and on our morning walks.
Heat and humidity is as dangerous for our pets as it is for us. Dogs and cats do not know their limitations in the heat and some dogs will literally run themselves to death! It is important as pet owners to know your pet so you can recognize changes in them to avoid the onset of heat stroke or hyperthermia.
6 Tips to Help Pets Stay Cool in The Heat
- Limit exercise: some pets tolerate the heat better than others. However, when temperatures are soaring into triple digits, long walks may be too much even during the coolest part of the day. Watch your dog closely and look for early signs of overheating like excessive or rapid panting and thick drool.
- Never leave a pet in the car: even with the windows down, on a hot day temperatures can soar in a car in a matter of just a few minutes. If it is a 100 degrees outside, the inside of your car can reach 120 degrees within 15 minutes. The dashboard gets even hotter. If you are traveling with your pet, keep water and a water dish in the car.
- Protection from heat and sun: give pets plenty of shade (trees or a canopy or tarp covered area). If they are in a dog run, using misters may help.
- Keep inside on hot humid days: make sure the house is cool. Fans blowing on dogs are not effective. They cool off by panting and by “sweating” through the pads of their paws. An air-conditioned garage or kennel in the house works very well if they are left unattended.
- Keep hydrated: make sure they have plenty of cool fresh water. Ice cubes are a fun (and cool) treat to give as well.
- Pool time: a kiddie pool or sprinkler is a great way for dogs to cool off. Do not leave dogs unattended in large pools as not all dogs are good swimmers.
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