Cool as a cucumber: Keeping pets cool during hot summer weather
by Ontario SPCA and Humane Society | General Pet Care | June 28, 2022
During the hot summer months, it’s important to know how to keep our pets cool and comfortable. Here are some dos and don’ts about summer safety for pets!
DO: Make sure your furry friends always have access to fresh water and a cool, sheltered place out of direct sunlight to avoid heat-related illness, including heatstroke. Learn how to identify the signs of heatstroke by reading our blog.
DON’T: Leave pets outside for too long. If possible, avoid going outside when temperatures are at their highest. Limit your time outside to short periods at a time and try to go for walks in the early mornings or evenings when the weather is a little cooler.
DO: Know whether your dog is more susceptible to heat exposure. Certain breeds of dogs, such as northern breeds or short-muzzled dogs, can have a more difficult time with the heat. Other dogs that are more vulnerable, include dogs that are older, overweight, on certain medications, puppies, and dogs with certain medical conditions such as lung or heart disease.
DON’T: Leave your pet alone in a vehicle, even if the car is parked in the shade with the windows slightly down. Dogs have a limited ability to sweat, so even a short time in a hot environment can be life threatening. If an individual sees an animal in a hot car in distress and is concerned the animal’s life is in danger, call 911 immediately as this is an emergency. Members of the public should not attempt to enter a vehicle in these situations.
Dogs should also never ride in the back of a pick-up truck, even for a short distance. Your dog may be thrown from the truck, get an injury from flying debris, or burn their paws on the hot metal surface.
DO: Enjoy some quality time with your dog this summer! Play some games, make some memories, and stay cool, hydrated, and safe!
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