I wanted to do a quick reminder about keeping your pets safe during the summer. August is a particularly hot month, so I wanted to talk specifically about leaving pets in the car. You might be surprised by some of the things I’m about to tell you! Also, let’s talk about keeping your pets cool at home while you’re at work.
Don’t Leave Pets in the Car!
Your car can overheat even when the window has been left down a bit. Parking in the shade or leaving water in the vehicle won’t prevent your pet from overheating either.
According to the ASPCA, young, overweight or senior dogs, or those with short muscles or thick, or dark coats, are most at risk for overheating.
Symptoms of Heat Stroke in Pets
Recognize the symptoms of heat stroke and take action if you see them. Symptoms of heat stroke in pets include:
- Heavy panting
- Lack of appetite or coordination.
Keep Your Pets Cool at Home
If you are experiencing particularly hot weather, please leave your air conditioner on for your pets when you leave the house or go to work. Some people don’t do this, and I have to say, if you are too hot in the house, your pets will be too.
Dog Summer Safety Tips
Cat Summer Safety Tips
You can get some great safety tips for cats from cat expert, Jackson Galaxy’s article here. Also, check out his video with more safety tips for cats during summer activities and holidays.
Keep Pets Safe During Summer
For more information about keeping your pets safe during summer and preventing them from getting overheated, check out this article from the Humane Society called, Keep Pets Safe in the Heat.
Please feel free to comment if you have any other suggestions for keeping our pets safe in the summer. And please share this post with your friends and family who have pets, and on social media!
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