Pets in Warm Weather

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I’ve gotten a lot of questions lately about warm-weather safety, so I thought I’d address some of them here. So, if you’ve got your stroller and your carrier ready, and you and your pet are ready for some summer fun, here’s what  you need to know.

Can pets get dehydrated?

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Yes! Animals can become dehydrated quickly, so make sure to provide plenty of clean, fresh water. Try not to let your pet drink out of a lake or pool.

Do I need to worry about my pet becoming overheated?

dog overheatAbsolutely! Humans aren’t the only ones who become overheated; animals can, too. In fact, dogs are even more susceptible to heat stroke than humans are. Know the signs so you can keep a careful eye on your pet. Symptoms include heavy panting, difficulty breathing, rapid breathing, increased heart rate, drooling, weakness, and lethargy. Later symptoms include seizures, collapse, and bloody vomiting or diarrhea. Pets with snub-nosed faces, like pugs, are even more susceptible because they can’t pant effectively. If your pet is showing signs of being overheated, take him somewhere cool and immediately call your vet.

Does the humidity matter?

It sure does Dogs cool themselves by panting, which helps stabilize their temperature by removing moisture from the air. If the air is too humid, panting is less effective, and dogs can quickly overheat. A quick way to help them cooling down of their temperature can also try IBIYAYA pet cooling pad.

Can I take my dog swimming?

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Not all dogs are naturally good (or enthusiastic) swimmers. If your dog doesn’t enter the water on his own, introduce him gradually, and stay close by. Never just toss your dog in water to make him start swimming. In addition, practice safe boating by making sure your pet has (and wears) his own flotation device.

How do I know if it’s too hot to leave my pet in the car while I run an errand?

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Leaving your pet in the car is never a good idea, and it can be deadly in warm weather. Every year, pets die from being left in a hot vehicle. On an 80-degree day, the temperature inside a car can reach 110 degrees within just 10 minutes – even with the windows cracked. Leave your pets at home, or use a carrier or stroller to take them with you.

Can the sidewalk get too hot for my pet?

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Fried egg on sidewalk

Yes. During the summer, black asphalt – and even sidewalks – can become blisteringly hot. If a surface is too hot for your bare feet, it’s too hot for your pet’s paws, which means it’s time to pull out the pet jogging stroller. If your fur baby does end up with a case of burned pads, ask your vet if it’s OK to apply some aloe vera ointment. Summer is a great time to for you and your pets to bond over some fun outdoor activities, but it’s up to you too look out for their well-being while you do it. Just remember that pets aren’t as good at regulating their body temperature as humans are. If you’re uncomfortably hot, so is your pet.

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Let’s be cool this summer

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