Hot Weather Tips
With the summer just around the corner, we’d like to provide you with a few tips your four-legged friends may appreciate.
Florida is a highly desired destination for people from all around the World. Whether is the easy-living that permeates Florida’s west coast, or the vivacious east coast magnets like South Beach, Florida offers something for everyone. However, Florida’s tropical weather also brings long, hot, and very humid summers. According to the Weather Channel, the average summer temperate is about 87°. Certainly, pets just like people, are susceptible to heat stress, dehydration, and yes even sunburn.
We all love our furry friends to the point where we want to take them everywhere we go in our cars. The problem is, what happens when you have to walk into a store and you have to leave your pet in your car? Yes, even with the windows partially down the temperate inside your vehicle will quickly rise to 120 degrees. Unlike humans, pets cannot dissipate heat through sweating, only by panting and through the pads on their feet. If not removed from the heat, your pets can suffer from dehydration, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, or even death. If you must indeed get things done throughout the day, your pet would be better off at home under a cool shade or inside your air-conditioned home.
Naturally, you want to keep their water dish full as often as possible throughout the day. If your pet is mostly outdoors, ensure there is a water supply nearby and a cool shade. Additionally, you may want to clean both, the food and water bowl daily with warm soapy water to prevent infections and illness.
If you like to exercise your pets, do so early in the mornings or later in the evening but not in the middle of the day. Know your pet and take notice of heat stress-related symptoms like excessive panting, difficulty breathing, deep read or purple tongue, drooling, vomiting, diarrhea. Pets can have heat-related seizures and those most prone to heat injuries are overweight, elderly, or thick-coated pets.
Just like people, pets suffering from heat stress must be moved into a cool shaded area to begin lowering their core body temperate. You do that by pouring cool water over your pet’s body. You may allow your pet to drink small amounts of water, but you want to seek the help of a veterinarian as soon as possible.
One last note, just as if you were walking barefoot on hot asphalt your feet would burn so would your pet’s paws. Similarly, if you spent time under the sun on the beach you would apply sunscreen on your skin. Pets with light-colored noses and light-colored furs on their ears are especially vulnerable to sunburn.
In summer as in every other season, take good care of your pets. In turn, they will take care of you…
Source: Jennifer M. – Hale Pet Door