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Dogs, Hot Weather and Air Conditioning

March 20, 2014 | Blog

If you’re like us, you probably can’t imagine a day without the big smiles, wagging tails and wet noses of your furry family members. The weather is finally reaching the spring-like temperatures here in Fresno, and that means it’s time to pay extra attention to your pets as the temperature rises. Every dog is perfect for someone, but that doesn’t mean they’re perfect for hot temperatures. Here are a few easy ways to keep your pup safe from the heat as summer sets in.

First things first, do NOT leave your pet in a parked car without running the air conditioning in Fresno. Even with the windows cracked on a 78-degree day, the temperatures inside a parked vehicle can climb up to 120 degrees. Your pet could suffer or die from heat exhaustion, heat stroke and even brain damage. This could happen all in the 15 minutes it took you to run into the store and back. When it comes to your pets, play it safe! If you need to go into a store or building that doesn’t allow pets, and you aren’t comfortable leaving your car on, take them home first. No animal should have to suffer for a quick errand.

Where air conditioning is concerned, do you know if your pet is suited for warmer weather? Dogs with double coats, like Huskies and Newfoundlands, are bred for wintry environments and are more likely to overheat. Short-nosed dogs, both big and small, have a harder time cooling themselves off, as they can’t pant as well as a long-nosed dog. That means pugs and boxers alike need a cool place inside to retreat to on extremely hot summer days.

For milder temperatures, outside dogs can cool off with a fan, a full bowl of cold water and a lifted pet cot for better air circulation. A good rule of thumb is, if it’s too hot for you, or you wouldn’t leave a child outside, bring your pet in for their safety. Ductless air conditioners are a great way to cool a garage or add-on for those pets that haven’t developed inside manners just yet.

Your pet has heat-related health needs not unlike your own. When temperatures soar, make sure there is plenty of water, shade or air conditioning for your entire family to prevent serious heat illnesses. As winter fades away, we hope these reminders will help both the people and pets of Fresno enjoy safe and fun spring and summer seasons.

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