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How to Keep Pets Safe in the Summer

They’re not just your pets. They’re members of your family and you want to do all you can to protect them. The summer months can be especially hazardous for pets. Here’s what you need to know to keep your pets safe in the summer.

Never leave pets in a parked car. Your hot car can be a deathtrap for your pets. A car parked in direct sunlight on an 80-degree day can quickly reach an internal temperature of 130 degrees. Even when the temperatures are only in the 60s, your car’s indoor temperature can rise to more than 110 degrees. And that temperature hike happens quickly! In just 10 minutes, your car’s inside temperature rises 19 degrees.1 Your pet can suffer under the effects of those high temps and could even die.

Know your breed. Some pets are really susceptible to heat-related problems. Pets with flat-shaped faces, like Pugs, Pekingese and Persian cats, can’t pant effectively—an animal’s top cooling mechanism—and are more susceptible to heat stroke. Also, don’t just assume that cutting off all that heavy fur is a good thing! A dog’s fur acts as insulation, keeping them warm in the winter AND COOL in the summer.

Keep them cool. Keep your pets in air conditioned indoor environments in extremely hot weather or make sure they have plenty of shade outdoors. Instead of doghouses, choose natural tree shade or tarps that allow airflow.

Help them hydrate. Provide your pets with plenty of fresh, cool water. Drop an occasional ice cube into their bowls for a treat and to keep the water cool. Consider using a kiddie pool or hosing down your pets (if they like it) on really hot days.

Limit exercise when it’s hot. You know enough to be extra careful when you exercise in hot weather, but your pets don’t! Avoid having your pets walk long distances, run or play when the sun and temperatures are at their peak.

Watch for signs of heatstroke like excessive panting, increased heart rate, thick sticky saliva, vomiting and diarrhea. If you suspect heatstroke, help bring your pet’s temperature down by getting them somewhere cool and placing them in cool, wet towels. Then, get them to your veterinarian!

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1http://www.nhtsa.gov/people/injury/enforce/ChildrenAndCars/pages/Unattend-HotCars.htm