We all know to slather ourselves in sunscreen and drink lots of water, but don’t forget your pets will need some extra attention in the heat as well.
Dogs and cats are all fur and have no sweat glands. The only way they can cool themselves naturally is through their paws and by panting.
Pull them indoors. If you can, keep your pets indoors in the air conditioning as much as possible. Close the curtains, not only does it keep them cooler, it will cut down on your electric bill.
Going outside. Exercise pets during cool hours of the day (early morning or late evening). Keep them in the grass, as the pavement and asphalt can burn their paws. Make sure they have access to plenty of water and throw some ice cubes in if it has been sitting out for a while. Keep them in the shade, some breeds can get sunburned in direct sunlight. You can also fill up a kiddie pool with water that they can splash or lay in.
Extra things to keep them comfortable. Place a frozen water bottle in a towel and put it in the place they normally sleep. Elevate beds so that air can circulate underneath. Place a small box fan where they are laying to blow on them. Pet them with a wet washcloth.
Doing these things should keep your pet protected. But just in case, here are the signs that your pet is suffering from heat stroke:
Excessive water consumption
If you believe they are suffering from heat stroke:
Move them quickly into an air conditioned place. Apply ice packs in towels to head, neck and chest or put them in a bathtub and run cool (not cold) water over their body.
Love your animals,
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