Beat The Heat Keep Your Pets Safe This Summer

By Amber Arevalos

Our fur babies mean the world to us!  We treat them as if they are our own flesh and blood.  We take them to the groomers, care for them when they don’t feel well, and always look out for their well-being.  The summer months can be grueling for our furry companions, and there are several ways to ensure they have a safe, cool summer!

Your pup’s temperature runs much higher in a normal range than a human’s does.  A dog’s temperature range is between 101 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.  Anywhere above 103 degrees Fahrenheit is a slight concern.  Keeping your pet’s body temperature regulated is very important when planning for any activities that require them to be outdoors for a lengthy amount of time. 

Ensure there is shade or an area where your pup can relax in non direct sunlight.  In some areas, that may be difficult but invest in an umbrella or canopy to make sure your pet can take a break out of the sun.  Along with shade, it is essential to have plenty of water.  The standard fluid intake for your furry friend is one ounce of water for every pound that they weigh.  There are portable dog bowls and even pet water bottles.  Account for the amount of activity you will be doing, such as walking or hiking, so that your pup has plenty of water. 

If the temperatures are excessive, keep your pup calm and stay away from heavy activity if at all possible.  Choose water play over fetch or dog park activities.  Invest in a kiddie pool or portable misting system to keep cool.  Have on hand ice packs or a cooling mat which can be beneficial when your pet wants to relax and lay down.  

If your dog seems to be overheating and can’t cool down, try placing a cool water bottle or cloth on the chest or belly area for immediate relief.  Frozen toys and yogurt treats may be another option to beat the heat.

There are several signs to watch for to ensure your pet is not overheating.  The most common is frantic panting.  Most dogs pant, but this one may seem difficult for your pup to find relief.  They may also show signs of extreme salivation and labored breathing.  Some more examples of overheating include changes in gum color, increased pulse, excessive thirst and possible vomiting.  

However you plan to spend your summer days, keep your pet comfortable and remember the safety tips to avoid overheating.  Help your pup beat the heat by following our simple tips. 

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