Let’s beat the heat with these top 9 most essential tips to keep your pet safe this summer.
Signs of overheating:
- Heavy panting and drooling.
- Trouble breathing.
- Fast heartbeat.
- Dark and red gums and tongue.
- Dizziness and weakness.
If you see any signs of overheating, contact and bring your pet to your emergency veterinarian immediately.
Top 9 Summer Pet Safety Tips
- Cooler Hours – Exercise your dog in the morning or evening and avoid going outside midday during the intense heat.
- Monitor the Humidity – When the humidity is high, the air is full of moisture and dogs are unable to pant enough to keep themselves cool.
- Hot Paws – Avoid hot surfaces to prevent burns and blisters. Always do the “Hand Check” before going out for a walk or play. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pet.
- Stay Hydrated – Providing fresh, cold water to your pet is essential to staying cool during hot days while playing indoors or outdoors.
- Frozen Treats – You can make pet-friendly popsicles or ice cube treats to help keep your fur babies cool on warmer days.
- Grooming – Keeping your pet adequately groomed, mat and tangle free or shaved down will also help keep your pet cooler.
- Sun Protection and Shady Retreat – Pet-friendly sunscreen for dogs that are white, hairless and those with light coloured fur is critical to protect them from the sun against sunburns. Always provide a shade covered area to give them a break from the sunrays.
- Hot Car – NEVER leave your pet in the car, not even if you think you’ll only be a few minutes or if you leave the windows cracked, the inside of a car can heat up very quickly.
- Caution with At-Risk Dogs.
Some pets can overheat quickly, educate yourself about your pets needs before going out in the heat:
- Brachycephalic breeds (smushed nose breeds).
- Senior pets.
- Overweight pets.
- Heart and breathing problems.
Written by Moncton Animal Hospital