• Chris Eldridge

3 Ways to Keep Your Pet Safe this Summer!

While summertime means soaking up the sun and enjoying the beaches and parks with your pet it can be dangerous if you’re not careful about rising temperatures outside. This summer while you're running around at the dog park, always be careful of rising temperatures and humidity levels because they can have catastrophic effects on your pets, and being able to detect when your dog is overheating is crucial for their health, especially since dogs don't always know when to quit.

We have 3 ways for you to make sure that your furry friend is staying cool and safe this summer so that you can have peace of mind while out enjoying the sun.

1. Never Leave Your Pet in a Parked Car

According to the Humane Society, temperatures in your car can surpass 120°F degrees in just a few minutes. This kind of extreme heat can cause irreversible damage to your pet's organs and even death.

  • Even with the air conditioning running it is never safe to leave them in your car even if it's just a few minutes.

  • You may notice your pets doing some heavy panting as it starts to get warmer out as well, this is not something to be concerned about, it's just your pet trying to stay cool! Panting produces moisture which redirects heat away from the body, it may be a sign to get them in the shade with some water.

  • Always be cautious about humidity levels, because in conditions that are too humid your pet is not able to cool off enough from panting and their temperature will rapidly rise. If you are out in very humid conditions try to avoid the sun, stay in the shade and always bring some extra water!

2. Limit Exercise on Hot or Humid Days

Limiting exercise on especially hot or humid days is a smart way to prevent heat strokes for your pet. According to the American Animal Hospital Association, heat strokes occur when your pet's body temperature exceeds 100°-102° degrees.

Here are some tips for identifying and preventing heat strokes for your pet this summer:

  • Keep an eye on the time. If you are exercising with your pets on a hot day, make sure you adjust your time and activity accordingly to the temperature and humidity levels.

  • Plan your exercise out. If you and your pet are exercising on an especially hot or humid day, make an effort to go in either the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler.

  • Bring extra water. Always have access to water for your pet and take frequent breaks.

Here are some signs that your pet may be overheating:

  • Excessive panting

  • Rapid pulse

  • Glazed eyes

  • Dry gums

  • Disorientation

  • Tripping

  • Vomiting

Being able to identify when your pet may be overheating is essential for preventing them from getting severe. If you think your pet may be suffering from a heat stroke, immediately bring them into the shade or air conditioning if possible with cool water.

3. Avoid Hot Pavement and Asphalt

Whenever you're out and about on a hot day with your furry friend this summer, keep in mind that pavement and asphalt absorb heat and can reach temperatures of 130° degrees and up! Here are some quick tips for taking your pet on hot summer walks:

  • Be careful. These asphalt temperature levels rise very rapidly and can easily cause painful burns and blisters on your dog's paws, so checking the asphalt periodically is a good idea. Also, consider using a paw protection balm like Musher's Secret to keep your pup safe when walking on hot sandy beaches or hard pavement.

  • Check before walking. A good rule of thumb for checking the temperature of the asphalt is holding your hand or barefoot on the asphalt and if you are not able to touch it for 5 seconds it is too hot and will cause burns.

  • Avoid if possible. When out with your pet on a hot day and you have the option, always try and avoid asphalt/pavement surfaces and stick to the grass to avoid burns and blisters.

As long as you stick to this list and keep a close eye on your furry friend while enjoying the outdoors this summer you will both be safe! Just remember to always bring some extra water along with you, take frequent breaks and call it a day if you notice something out of the ordinary with your pet's behavior and get them into the conditioning.

If you are in search of any other tips on pet parenting this summer check out our blog post on proactive pet parenting and have a safe and healthy summer!

Recommended reading: 3 Ways to Become a Proactive Pet Parent During the Pandemic

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