It’s heating up out there! With highs well above 100 degrees in many parts of the country, it’s never a bad idea to get a refresher on pet safety in the summer. The following tips from the Humane Society will help make sure you are thinking of all the essentials for a safe summer with your pets.
Never leave pets in a parked car. Just don’t do it. We are reminded of this every year, but sadly, we still see it happening. On an 85-degree day, temperatures can reach 102 degrees inside the car within ten minutes. And that’s with the windows cracked.
Humidity matters. “Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves, and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels—very quickly” says Barry Kellogg of the Humane Society.
Be careful with exercise on hot days. That goes for human and pet. Sunburns, hot asphalt, and not getting enough water are major concerns.
Fans don’t help. Pets don’t respond to heat the same way humans do, so a fan doesn’t help your pup in the same way they help us.
Provide shade and water. Trees and tarps are helpful because they block sun without blocking the airflow. Dog houses make things worse.
Make frozen treats! You can make doggy popsicles with all kinds of favorite ingredients, like fruit and peanut butter, which will provide a stimulating activity for your pets and keep them cool too. You can also buy shirts and vests for your pets to keep them chill on a hot day.