Home Pets Cool for Cats… and Dogs: Your Pets in Summer

Cool for Cats… and Dogs: Your Pets in Summer

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As the summer heat intensifies, it’s essential your pets stay cool and comfortable. High temperatures can be dangerous for animals, leading to heat exhaustion or even heatstroke. Here are some effective tips and tricks to help your pets beat the heat.

Hydration Is Key

Always provide fresh, clean water for your pets. Dehydration is a serious risk during hot weather, so keep multiple water bowls around the house and yard. Consider adding ice cubes to their water to keep it cooler for longer. Pets should have access to shade and water at all times.

Avoid Peak Heat Hours

The hottest part of the day is usually between 10am and 4pm so walk your dog early in the morning or late in the evening. Scorching pavements can burn your pet’s paws, so check the ground with your hand before heading out. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your pet’s paws. Keep pets inside during the warmest times of the day.

Provide Shaded Areas

Ensure your pets have access to shaded areas. Trees, tarps, or

umbrellas can provide effective shade. Consider using a cooling mat or a damp towel for them to lie on as these lower their body temperature and offer a comfortable resting spot. Think about buying a thermometer so you don’t have to guess the temperature. Plus, know what temperature highs and lows are detrimental to your particular pet.

Indoor Coolness

Keep your home cool by using fans or even better air conditioning. You can create a breeze by opening windows on opposite sides of your home. Closing curtains or blinds blocks out direct sunlight. Ensure your pets have a cool, comfortable place to rest inside.

Frozen Treats

Treat your pets to some frozen goodies. You can make ice treats by freezing pet-safe ingredients like chicken broth, water with bits of fruit, or specially formulated pet ice creams. These not only cool them down but also keep them entertained.

Recognise Heatstroke

It’s crucial to recognise heatstroke in dogs. Signs include excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, vomiting, and uncoordinated movements. If you suspect heatstroke, move them to a cool area, provide water, and contact your veterinarian right away. For a seriously overheated dog, water needs to be applied to

the head area in particular. Don’t try to use freezing water to as this may lead to shock.

Grooming

Regular grooming can help keep your pet cool. Dogs with thick fur can benefit from a trim, but avoid shaving them completely as their fur protects against sunburn. Brush your pets regularly to remove excess hair and prevent matting, which traps heat.

Cool Baths

Many pets enjoy a cool bath or a swim. This can be an effective way to lower their body temperature. Ensure the water isn’t too cold, as this can cause shock. Supervise your pets at all times during swimming activities to ensure their safety.

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