With the heat of the summer quickly settling in, it’s important to know how to keep your pet (as well as yourself) cool and safe throughout the hottest months of the year. This means knowing how to prevent and spot the signs of heat stroke and heat exhaustion. But, would you actually know what to do?
It’s important to keep an eye on your pet when the temperature rises, whether they’re inside or outside, as this is the best way to spot the oncoming signs of distress. Some of the key things you need to watch out for with your pets include:
- Excessive panting
- Pale gums or gums and tongue that are excessively red
- Discomfort, fidgeting, restlessness, and heavy breathing
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Depression and loss of interest in things once enjoyed, from playing to eating
- Extreme lethargy and even coma
If you start to notice any of these signs, take action to help cool and hydrate your pet. If their state doesn’t improve or they appear to be in distress, take them to your veterinary office immediately.
How to Keep Your Pet Cool
Keeping your pet comfortable and cool during the hot summer months is key to their overall well-being. You want to do everything you can to reduce the chance of your pet overheating and becoming ill from heat exhaustion. So, here are some tips to ensure they stay healthy:
- Never ever leave pets in a hot car!
- Always make sure your pet has access to fresh water throughout the day, whether you’re at home or on the go. Providing unlimited access to cool water is the best way to ensure that they stay hydrated and cool.
- Make sure your pet has a place to rest in the shade whenever spending time outdoors. Similarly, keep inside areas cool for their comfort.
- Don’t let your pet engage in too much activity or excessive exercise in the hot sun. It’s best to wait until the evening when the sun goes down if you’re going to spend extended periods of time outside.
- Avoid walking on hot surfaces, like asphalt, which can actually burn your pet’s paws.
- Consider setting up some cooling water activities for your pet. Let them run through the sprinkler, or set up a small pool for them to splash around in. Just, make sure to test the water before it touches their skin, as sitting water heats quickly and can burn.
If at any time you suspect your pet may be suffering from heat exhaustion, seek immediate medical care. If you avoid the signs, pets can easily die from heat stroke when not properly treated in a timely manner. So, don’t let this happen to your four-legged loved ones. Keep these care tips in mind this summer to keep your pet healthy and happy. And, if you have any questions about caring for your pet during these blazing hot months, don’t hesitate to contact our office.