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Keeping Your Best Friends Cool This Summer Season!

Summer is a time meant for a break from school, a break from the treacherous winters, and a time for dehydration, heat stroke, and the scorching summer sun. It’s not hard to find solutions to these seasonal problems. Dehydration? Drink some water! Heat stroke? Again, drink the water and keep yourself cool. Scorching summer sun? SPF 100 is truly a blessing to this world. But what about our best friends? Our pets and animals who we love and care deeply about often go hours in the 90-100 degree weather without their owners realizing the need for their best friends to come inside, have a drink of water, and just rest in the air conditioned home. According to humanesociety.org, the official website for the humane society, thousands of pets die each year from being left outside in the summer sun as well as hundreds of dogs being left in vehicles to roast while temperatures raise from 85 degrees, to a whopping 102 degrees in a matter of minutes. The tragedies are horrible, and the people that these animals trust and care for most are ultimately the ones responsible for the events. Because the issue is so great, here are some tips for keeping your animals safe this summer:

 

  • Be sure to never leave your animal in a parked hot car. As said before, temperatures can raise 15-20 degrees while a vehicle is sitting untouched under the sun, and trust me, the car isn’t the only thing heating up. Whether it be your pet dog or your pet hamster, be sure that if you’re bringing them along for the ride that you leave a window rolled down, keep the car running, take them with you wherever your going, or just leave them at home to prevent any chance of it happening.
  • Limit exercise for your animals on hotter days. Animals do have emotions and they can feel pain. While walking your animals, the bottoms of their feet can become blistered and torn apart due to the hot pavement they are walking on. If your bare hand is on the pavement and it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your pets paws too! Be sure that unless you plan to go in the cool morning that you and your best friend hang out at home for the day during those hotter weeks.
  • Provide shade and water for your animals. Humans and animals react to heat differently then one another. A simple fan will not do any good for your animals as they don’t cool off pets as effectively as they do humans. Be sure to give them some shade and water to prevent heat stroke and dehydration. Cooling mats and marble slabs are perfect for your dogs to lay on!
  • Watch for signs and symptoms. You might be doing everything right during the hot summer months for your animals, but they still somehow contract a horrible illness that has the intent to harm your beloved pets. Make sure you watch for signs or symptoms of dehydration (excessive panting, not wanting to eat or drink, fainting, whining, death, etc.), heat stroke, sunburns, and any other illnesses or injuries that your animals may gain during the summer.

If you follow these simple tips and tricks, you and your pets will make it through the hot summer months and into the new year!