As the temperature rises, we modify our lifestyles accordingly by adding sunglasses, hats, consuming more water, air conditioners, and fans to build a comfortable environment for ourselves during hot weather. Just as we are affected by the heat, our pets feel the heat and have different needs as well. By following our tips to keep your pets cool during hot weather, you can make their hot days more comfortable and create a healthy relationship with your pets.
1. Make sure your pets have access to plenty of water
During sweltering heat, it is essential to fill your pet’s water bowls frequently and make sure they drink enough water with a portable water bowl when outside. If you are out during the day, you can fill different water containers or consider purchasing automatic water dispensers to ensure that your pet always has access to water. Leaving a full bowl of water on your doorstep or garden is also a great way to provide refreshment to not only your pets but also to other animals.
2. Avoid long walks during the hottest part of the day
If you enjoy walking your dog, it’s important to be aware of the clock especially during spring and summer seasons. Avoid walking during noon hours, the hottest and most harmful times of the day due to the sun’s rays being closest to right angles. Instead, choose the cooler moments in the early hours of the morning or evenings to keep your pets safe from exposure to harmful rays. Carry a portable water bowl with you when you go out during cool hours since the hot weather may still have an effect. If you own cats, do not allow them to go outside during the hottest hours of the day to ensure they are not adversely affected by the sun’s rays.
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3. Leave the air conditioner or fan on
Ensure your pet stays cool by leaving the air conditioner at a suitable temperature and the fan on at a medium setting. This is especially important if you are not home during the day and your home is receiving a lot of sun. Using equipment that can balance the temperature of your home and provide a cool, healthy environment in sweltering heat is vital. Opt for energy-efficient models to keep your little friends safe while also protecting your budget.
4. Never leave your pets alone in a parked car
It’s critical to note that you should never leave your pets alone in parked cars. Even if you have a job that you think will only be a few minutes, a few minutes of neglect can cost your pet’s life. Leaving pets alone in a parked car can lead to heat exhaustion, heat stroke, or worse. It’s impossible to predict what might happen if your pets are away from your surveillance. If you cannot keep an eye on them, ask someone close to you to ensure they stay safe.
5. Pay attention to their fur length
In hot weather, it’s best to trim your pet’s hair to make it comfortable and light. However, avoid shaving your pet’s fur completely because feathers protect their skin from excessive sun exposure. Shaving too much may lead to sunburns. Consult with your veterinarian to find the best way to trim your pet’s fur. If necessary, use animal-specific sunscreens to prevent skin damage.
6. Be aware of the symptoms and take action immediately
Be mindful of the symptoms of heatstroke in your pets, such as excessive drooling, panting, diarrhea, vomiting, and coordination disorders. If you find any symptoms, provide cool water, and take your pet to a cool environment immediately. If possible, go to the nearest veterinarian or animal hospital and follow the steps to ensure your pet returns to good health. It’s better to be safe than sorry!
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