Keeping your pets safe on hot summer days
Our pets can suffer from heat just as much as we can in the hot summer months; some dog breeds even more than others. It is our responsibility to ensure that our pets are not exposed to the elements that can cause heatstroke, and it is easier than you think to keep them cool.
When it is a hot summer’s day, take your pets into consideration. You can keep them inside a cool house and increase the air circulation, or at least ensure that they have shady spaces to cool down. Always ensure that your pets have various water bowls to drink from and even add some ice cubes to the water to keep the water cool. Refresh it several times daily.
Small animals can be lightly sprayed or rubbed down with water and dogs can enjoy paddling pools to keep them cool.
Instead of going for a walk in the middle of the day, rather exercise early in the mornings or evenings when it is cooler. Then your dogs won’t exhaust or overheat themselves.
What not to do
Keeping cool is the most important part in preventing heatstroke, even with humans. Keep the following in mind and never, ever leave your pet in the car, not for five minutes and not even in the shade.
- Don’t travel in a car with no ventilation.
- Don’t go running with your dog at midday or in hot conditions.
- Don’t allow your pet to exercise too much.
- Don’t leave your pet without adequate amounts of fresh water to drink.
- Don’t leave you pets without several shady spots for a cool reprieve