We are truly in the dog days of summer and our pets are particularly susceptible to heatstroke, a potentially life-threatening condition. Trupanion a medical insurance provider for cats & dogs, sees 333% more claims relating to heatstroke during summer months.
For many pet parents who may have brought a new puppy or kitten into their home during the pandemic, this may be their first time experiencing the effects that heat can have on a pet. With that in mind, it is important to heed the warning signs of heat stroke, which include:
- Panting or drooling excessively
- Weakness or dizziness
- Vomiting or diarrhea
- Dark red gums
- Glazed eyes
- Rapid heart rate
Heat stroke is an emergency condition and if you suspect that your pet is experiencing extreme heat you should move them to a cooler area and call your veterinarian immediately.
Pets are especially at risk in hot cars
Studies have shown that when the temperature outside reaches 85 degrees it quickly turns to nearly 120 degrees in our cars. Even when the temperature outside is a comfortable 70 degrees the inside of a car can top 100 degrees in only 30 minutes.
With that in mind, it is important to never leave your pet unattended in the car, even with a window cracked.
Other tips on how to keep pets cool in summer:
- Limit time outdoors. If it’s too warm for you to enjoy, there’s a chance it’s too warm for your furry best friend.
- Plan walks accordingly. Plan your walks, that way you’re not walking at the hottest part for your day.
- Stick to the shade. The pavement, asphalt, and sidewalks can heat up very quickly on a hot day. Consider walking or dog in the grass or toss the ball in the shade.
- Provide cool pet care accessories. Consider a cooling vest for your pets or keep a portable misting fan with you.
- Protect your pup’s paws. Consider dog booties. Shoes, sox, or paw pad wax. Bear in mind, every pet is different and might not initially take to wearing footwear.
- Be wary of the sun and UV rays. Protection is a key factor to exposure to UV rays. A sunscreen might be an option for pets with shorter fur.
- Hydration is essential for your furry friends. Consider supplying room temperate water and keep water with you at all times for your best friend.