Hot Weather Safety Tips
It seems like during winter all we do is look forward to summer – and who can blame us? It’s a wonderful time of year with long days, beautiful nights, and opportunity for outdoor activity. And for those who dread the heat… Well, we can’t change the seasons, but we can offer up these 5 hot weather safety tips to keep your buddy cool in this blazin’ heat.
1. Shade and Water.
Two non-negotiable summer necessities. If your pet spends even 15 minutes at a time outside, there should be some sort of shade provided, as well as access to clean fresh water both inside and out.
2. Cooling Products.
Mats, vests, wraps… There are products made to stay cool in the heat that can give your outdoorsy pup a nice break.
3. Limit Exercise.
Use discretion when it comes to exercise, don’t make activities too vigorous or go out in the midday heat. We often see pet owners with great intentions walking their animal in the afternoon when the truth is it’s just too darn hot out.
*Pro-Tip: Hold the back of your hand to the pavement, if you can’t keep it there for 10-15 seconds, it’s too hot for your pet’s paw pads.
4. Know Heatstroke.
Signs of overheating include lethargy, glazed eyes, excessive panting, dizziness or lack of coordination, rapid heartbeat, and even vomiting. If you see your pet exhibiting these signs, drape cool towels over their head, neck, and chest, try giving them small sips of water or to lick an ice cube, and get them in to see your veterinarian. You can also swipe rubbing alcohol on their paw pads for faster cooling.
*Pro-Tip: Consider keeping a first aid kit handy so you have gauze and alcohol should you ever need it on a walk or trail.
5. Make Frozen Yummies.
Throw some peanut butter and a few Pro-Treats in an interactive treater or a few pieces of fruit in an ice tray and freeze it for a long-lasting cool summer treat!
We’d love to see how your pet stays cool in the heat – share with us!