Keep Pets Safe During Summer

Keep Pets Safe During Summer

Hey, do you want to know how to keep your pets safe during the hot summer months?

The summer months can be extremely hot and humid—and possibly dangerous—for pets and family members.

Let’s make sure that your pets stay safe and cool during the Canadian summer months. Follow our tips for ensuring that all of your family members stay cool.

1.  Never leave your pets in the car

Leaving pets in the car is just not right. Even if you decide to leave the a/c on. Temperatures can climb to outrageous temperatures in the car. If the car reaches soaring temperatures will cause your pet to suffer damages to their organs or even possible die from the heat.

2.   Humidity

The humidity is something that most forget about during the summer months. Animals lose moisture from their lungs when they are panting, this takes away the heat from within their bodies. However, if the humidity reaches high levels, they will be unable to bring down their body temperature and remain cool.

3.   Very little exercise on extremely hot days

If the weather is hot and humid outside it is best limit any outside time for your pet. It will be important to keep them in a cool area where they can drink water and remain cool.

4. Watch for heatstroke

Heatstroke in a dog is when their body temperature reaches over 104 degrees. If your dog is outside to long it is possible for them to get heatstroke. A few signs which may show signs of heatstroke in animals are; fast heartbeat, glossy eyes, stumbling, hard time breathing, extreme thirst, tiredness, vomiting and seizures.

Remember: Animals that are older, very young, ill or overweight are more at risk for heatstroke.

5. Give your pet shade

When your pet is outside they will need protect just like us. They will require fresh cold water and a shaded area where they can rest. Tress are the best form of shade when a tent or tarp are not available. Dog houses are not advisable as they trap heat instead of letting it out.

Tips to help with a pet suffering from heatstroke

Take them out of the heat and get them into a shaded area or an air-conditioned room. Place an ice pack or cold cloth on their forehead or chest and if possible let them lick an ice cube. It’s always best to take them to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

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