The summer heat can be harsh. The bright sun and high temperatures are not only rough on us, but they can also be extremely hard on our pets. When it comes to our furry friends, it is important to keep them as safe as possible during the warmer months. Here is how to protect your pets in the summer.
Water, Water Everywhere
The most essential thing pets need in the heat is access to fresh water. So if you usually have one water bowl available to them, add a couple more during the summer. Make sure there is one or two inside, where they can easily reach it, and at least one more outside. Check them frequently and fill up when necessary. You can even throw a few ice cubes in their outdoor water bowls to keep them nice and cool longer.
Never, Ever, Leave Your Pets in the Car
The temperature inside a car in the summertime can rise to 175 degrees in minutes. Even if it is only 75 degrees outside, your car’s temperature can reach well over 100, and very quickly. For this reason, never bring your pets with you when you are running errands if you plan to get out of the car without them. Even if you keep the windows down, do not do it. Not only could it be deadly for your animal, but it could also result in legal trouble for you.
Keep Paws Off of Hot Asphalt
If something is hot or painful to the touch for you, your dog or cat will feel the same thing on their paws. Try taking your pets for walks during cooler times of the day like early morning or sunset. If you have to take them walking during the day, try to stick to areas with plenty of shade or grass.
Using these simple tips will allow you and your pets to stay safe and healthy during the hot summer.