Hello there! Staying cool this week? It is extremely hot out there this week. Yesterday I drove by a bank thermometer that said 101! Phew! I’m sure you know, but it is most important to keep your pet in mind on hot summer days like today.
LIMIT TIME OUTSIDE – If at all possible, try to go for walks in the early morning or after the sun goes down. Walking on grass is preferable as that hot black-top can burn paw pads. I stepped on some black-top yesterday and couldn’t handle more than tip-toe-running across it!
ALLOW ACCESS TO FRESH COOL WATER – Keep some cool water available at all times. Ice-water can be too cold for hot pets so keep it at only a cool temperature. It also isn’t a bad idea to bring some water and a bowl along on walks or play-dates.
NEVER LEAVE YOUR PET IN A HOT CAR – A car parked in the sun can heat up quickly and get to temperatures unbearable for pets left inside it. Either leave your pet at home or leave the car on and the A/C running. Rolling the windows down does not help much at all. Also, there are people who will break your car window to let your dog out of the inferno that is your car. (This can happen even if you just walked into the store for 1 minute!)
FUN ACTIVITIES IN THE HEAT – Swimming is spectacular!…if your pet likes it and knows how to swim. Not all pets are able to swim or even enjoy swimming. The first time you try taking your pet for a swim watch closely and consider a swimming vest for your dog. (Always wash your pet off with tap-water after swimming, be it in a pond or in a pool.) In lieu of a swim, sprinklers or baby pools provide lots of fun for dogs to simply just splash around in the cool water. If you have children, consider this a bonus activity for tiring out your kids and your pet! Search around your community for indoor dog parks or arenas. Consider agility training or fly-ball with your pet as most of these arenas are indoors and air-conditioned.
What do you do with your pet in the heat? What changes do you make for your pet when it heats up?