Summer Pet Safety
The arrival of summer means vacations, summer block parties and enjoying the warm weather as much as possible. However, the warm weather isn’t fun for all. Dogs may be man’s best friend, but every summer we make them endure uncomfortable or even dangerous situations. With the average summer temperatures in Fresno climbing into the high 90s, changes need to be made to ensure that our dogs are properly prepared and taken care of. Without ample shade, water and air circulation your dog could suffer from heat stroke, burned foot pads and even sunburns — yes, dogs can get them too. Unfortunately, our pets can’t tell us when the heat is too much, but with these four tips on summer pet safety you can keep your dog cool and comfortable all season long.
While it may seem simple, a dog’s need for AC is often overlooked. Dogs get hot just like humans, so allowing your house to become too hot, around 90°F degrees, can cause them discomfort. Instead of turning off your AC when you leave, try setting the fan to automatic and setting it just slightly above your regular temperature. Additionally, if your AC breaks make sure to have it repaired as soon as possible by a Fresno AC company, like local professionals Lee’s Air and Plumbing, and to keep a fan on your pup in the meanwhile.
Walking with your dog is a great way to spend time with them, but summer walks have the potential to be harmful. Walking your dog over an extended period of time can cause them to burn their foot pads, suffer a heat stroke or become dehydrated. Before starting your walk, check to make sure the ground isn’t too hot for your pup to walk on and that you have a way of providing them with plenty of water. If the ground is too hot for your hand to touch for a few seconds, it’s too hot for your dog’s paw pads.
Just like getting a sunburn through your hair, dogs can get sunburned through their fur. If your dog has a short coat and you’re planning on spending time outside with them or just letting them out in the backyard, slather sunscreen on them beforehand. If your dog manages to get a sunburn, treat it with natural Aloe Vera like you would with yourself or call your vet to ask for store-bought alternatives.
Bringing your dog everywhere is a sweet gesture and can be helpful for anxious pups, but leaving your dog in the car is one of the most dangerous situations you could put them in. Rolling down the windows isn’t enough. Studies show that an outside temperature of 93°F can heat up a car to 120°F within 15 minutes, and a 71°F day can heat up a car with the windows cracked open to 116°F within an hour. For the safety of your dog, leave them at home.
We love our dogs, but it can be difficult to sort through all the pet advice out there. The things that seem like common sense to you aren’t always as obvious to the next person, which leaves some pets without adequate care. Just like humans, dogs need to be kept cool and have access water when the summer heat rolls around. Pay attention to your dog’s needs and they’ll be around for plenty of summers to come!