Keep Your Pets Safe in the Heat This Summer
Summer can mean lots of fun outside with your dog. But the summer months can also be incredibly uncomfortable—even dangerous—for your favorite furry friend. As the temperature starts to heat up, it’s important to take steps to protect your pet. Here are some things to be mindful of this summer to make sure your pets stay healthy and happy in the heat!
Never Leave Your Dog Alone in A Car
Not even for a minute so that you can “run into the store really quick.” Leaving a dog unattended in a car is incredibly dangerous, and can lead to irreversible damage or death. On an 80-degree day, the temperature inside of a car with the windows slightly cracked can reach 102 degrees in under 10 minutes. After 20-30 minutes, the temperature will quickly climb to 120 degrees. Never under any circumstances leave your pets alone in a car during the summer.
Exercise your Pups in the Morning or Evening
Take your pups for a walk or run during the cooler parts of the day. This will make exercise more comfortable and enjoyable for both of you. Be sure to carry enough water for both of you.
Watch the Humidity
Animals pant to evaporate moisture in their lungs, thus cooling down their bodies. If the humidity factor is too high, they are unable to cool themselves and their internal temperatures can rise to dangerous levels very quickly. It’s important to be mindful of not only the heat, but the humidity factor as well. Humidity can be incredibly dangerous for animals.
Check the Pavement
Before you head out for a walk, place your hand on the pavement. If it burns your hand, it’s too hot for your dog to walk on. Instead of hitting the pavement, walk on the grass. If you absolutely must walk on the asphalt, consider investing in a pair of doggy booties for your pet. They’ll thank you for it!