Keeping Pets Safe in the Summer Heat

As the temperatures rise, the Stay At Home Pet Services team wants to make sure all of our pets are staying safe! We can’t all let our animals play in the sprinkler, so if you have pets at home, follow some basic steps to keeping your pets cool, hydrated and healthy–even in the dog days of summer.

  1. Stay hydrated: This goes for our pets as well as their humans! It’s important to drink plenty of water throughout the day and to always be sure that water is available for pets. this is especially important if you are going to be leaving the house for the day (or even part of the day). Putting some ice cubes in their water bowl is a good way to keep the water cool and fresh.
  2. Stay inside: On particularly hot or humid days, save your walks for early morning and evening hours. Keep an eye on breathing and on how your pet is walking outside — scorching hot roads can burn your dog’s paws!
  3. Keep cool: Try to keep your home as cool and comfortable as possible during the summer days. Pets do not react to heat the same ways that humans do. For example, fans are not as effective in cooling dogs down as they are at cooling humans down. Giving your pets access to cool, tile floor is a nice way for them to cool down.
  4. Avoid cars: Never (ever!) leave your pet in a hot car. There are too many sad stories about pets being forgotten in the back of a car, or of pets who were left in a car for just a bit too long. Even with the air conditioning running, cars heat up very quickly in the summer sun.
  5. Handle the humidity: Temperature is important, but humidity can be just as dangerous on hot days. High humidity can make it difficult for pets to breathe, and it can bring their body temperatures to dangerous levels.

Learn more tips and how to identify heatstroke from this article by the Humane Society. If you have any questions about how we are helping your pets stay cool while they’re under our care, please let us know!