posted by Shotaro Nabeya 08/10/2020
Summer can be an amazing time for us and our pets, but the heat can be very dangerous if we don’t take safety precautions.
The summer heat can result in tragedies if not dealt with seriously. Check out the summer safety guide we put together at Merci Collective!
Temperatures inside a car on a warm day with the windows slightly open can rise at a rapid level.
For example, on an 85-degree day, temperatures in the car can rise to 102 degrees within 10 minutes.
After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach about 120 degrees.
If your pets are left inside, just imagine the pain they’d have to endure.
For more information on what steps to take when you see a pet locked in a parked car, please read this article by the Humane Society of The United States.
Adjust the intensity of your exercise with your dog depending on how hot it is.
It is also suggested to exercise with your dog in the early mornings or evening hours to avoid the sun.
Be warier for dogs with short noses who typically have a harder time breathing.
Always carry water with you to avoid dehydration in your pet. Keep in mind that your dog sweats from their tongue and paws, try not to have them walk on the hot concrete!
For water on the go check out the Healing Crystal infused water bottles at from our friends at Merci Collective!
Since animals have fur, they have different ways of cooling down their body. Instead of sweating, animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs which cools down their body and takes heat away from their body.
If the humidity is too high, they won’t be able to cool down as effectively, and their body temperature could skyrocket to dangerous levels. Cooling pads for pets is a great way to keep your pet’s body temperature down from the heat.
Whenever your dog is outside, make sure you provide some sort of shade from the sun and plenty of water for your pet to drink.
Keep in mind that the water can heat up very rapidly due to the heat, consider adding ice to your pet’s water bowl!
Extreme cases such as heatstroke can happen if safety precautions from the heat are not taken.
Signs of heatstroke in animals are heavy panting, rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, vomiting, lack of coordination, and even seizures or loss of consciousness.
Check out this article to know more about how to treat heat strokes in pets from the American Red Cross for more information
Most animals have their fur to help keep them warm in cold temperatures.
Getting a short cut for your pet can be beneficial in stopping your pet from overheating.
Consider freezing water or peanut butter in toys for your pet to lick can help provide protection from the heat!
We hope you found this article helpful. If you have any questions or concerns please contact us.