Ways to Keep Your Pets Cool This Summer

With summer so close we are trying to help you get ready for those blistering days by sharing some tips about how to keep our furry friends cool!

A very important thing that can become a fatal problem is leaving your pet in the car. Even at 70, temperatures can easily rise to 104 within only 30 minutes. Temperatures between 80 and 100 can quickly climb between 130 and 172. Therefore, if you are going on trips where your dog cannot come inside, it is recommended your dog stays at home where they are in a cool environment.

Another thing you want to be conscious about is how much you exercise your dog. They do need exercise, but in the summer it is easy to overheat.  Watch for signs of heatstroke as it could occur with any dog or cat regardless of the breed.

Signs and Symptoms of Heatstoke include:

  • Excessive Panting
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Drooling
  • Wobbly, Uncoordinated, Drunken Movement
  • Weakness & Collapsing
  • Seizures
  • Bloody Stools and Vomit
  • Body Temperature Over 103 Degrees
  • Reddened Gums 
  • Production of only small amounts of urine or no urine.
  • Rapid heart rate and irregular heart beats.
  • Muscle Tremors
  • Unconsciousness

Some pets are more at risk, if they have any of the following: 

  • Short-Nosed, Flat-Faced (Brachycephalic) Breeds
  • Long Thick Hair Coats
  • Age Extremes (Young & Elderly Dogs)
  • Pets with Heart & Lung Conditions
  • Increased Levels of Thyroid Hormone (Hyperthyroidism)
  • Dehydration, insufficient water intake, restricted access to water.

If you feel like your pet has suffered a heat stroke or notice any signs please contact your vet immediately!  Remove your dog from the hot area immediately. While transporting him immediately to your veterinarian, lower his temperature by placing cool, wet towels over the back of the neck, under the forelimbs, and in the groin area. If possible, increase air movement around him with a fan. Be careful, however, as using very cold water can actually be counterproductive. CAUTION: Cooling too quickly and especially allowing his body temperature to become too low can cause other life-threatening medical conditions.  Even if your pet appears to be recovering, it is critical to get to your veterinarian as soon as possible, to be examined since they may be dehydrated and/or have other complications.

So what can you do to keep your pets cool this summer?

  • Make frozen pupsicles...your pup will love these!  Just freeze up some canned 100% pure pumpkin in a ice cube tray. and serve.
  • Setting up a kiddie pool or sprinkler to allow your dog to cool off and have some fun.
  • Always carry a travel bowl with plenty of water on long walks and while traveling. 
  • Watch out for hot asphalt and pavement.  If you can't hold the back of your hand on the surface for more than 10 seconds than its to hot for your pets paws!

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