What To Do When It Comes To The Summer Heat And Your Pet!FamilyPet
About a week ago, NFL Star Tyrann Mathieu showed us what it was like for a dog sitting in a hot car. Within minutes, the temperature inside the car was well above 100 degrees. That was only a few weeks ago!
A lot of these sunny days can cause problems for our furry friends so it’s important to pay attention to the weather and our pets.
Here are some key safety tips the Humane Society thinks you should use when traveling with your pet(s) this summer!
- This goes without saying, but NEVER leave your pet in a parked car. Not for a second. Not even to run in for that large Diet Coke from McDonalds. Once you leave your car, the temperature starts to rise.
- Something my grandma always told me, “It’s not the heat that kills, it’s the humidity.” I’m not sure how true this is, but all I know is HOT is HOT. Unlike humans, dogs don’t have the ability to sweat. They have no way of cooling themselves off other than panting.
- Everybody wants that beach bod; some of us more than others… but none-the-less we want to stay in shape. During the summer, exercise needs to be limited when it comes to your pet and the outdoors.
- Fans are nice, but should be used as a last resort. All pets respond differently to heat and fans don’t exactly cool. They just blow hot air… in your face.
- Bring on the palm tree leaves! When you’re out and about with your pet be sure you can provide shade and water. Shade is a great way to cool your pet down the easy way.
- WATER! When it comes down to it… water is life! Who would have thought? Keep that water bowl filled. Something you can do with your dogs that are outside, throw some ice cubes in the water. It’ll cool down the water as well as give the dogs a fun game to play. Sometimes my dog decides to hide the ice cubes and save them for later, but the later never happens. LOL!