Hot, hot days of an English summer

It’s been a week of summer heat – and more to come.  No complains. Just need to adapt our daily routine. We went for less walks and if we do, we went out early.

We played in the water and drank lots of waterand sat in the shade. The weather is in full-blown summer temperatures. Please be aware of how we feel in the heat.  We wanted to share this YouTube video …  of a hooman putting himself locked up in a car in the summer heat –

He has the option to get out, we dogs can’t if you lock us in a car.

Here are some tips to keep your pets safe in the summer heat from John Moore Services and Kristen Seymour.

Overheating: Causes, Signs, and How to Avoid It
You likely already know you should never leave a pet alone in a parked car, even with the windows cracked: The temperature inside can rise more than 20 degrees in a matter of minutes, and that can be deadly. But did you realize that animals can also overheat and suffer heat stroke in other situations, such as being outside in the sun (especially if they’ve been running around) or even in an enclosed area such as a garage, shed, or doghouse?

The best way to prevent overheating and heat stroke is to avoid overly hot situations. Keep pets indoors during the heat of the day when possible, and make sure your air conditioning works properly so your pet stays cool and comfy. Even if you can handle a warmer house, consider your pets when you set your air conditioning.

Avoid strenuous activity outside or long periods of sun exposure, and make sure your pets always have access to cool, clean water. They may go through much more of it on hot days than they would otherwise.

If you believe your pet is overheating, stabilize him by covering him with cool (not ice cold) water. Once he seems to be stable, visit your veterinarian right away, or call the nearest emergency veterinary clinic for instructions.

Other Sunny Day Dangers
Overheating isn’t the only risk you’ll want to help your pet avoid. Here are several other dangers to keep an eye out for.

Hot surfaces
We walk around wearing shoes—at least most of the time—so unless we’re tiptoeing across a sizzling pool deck or sprinting from across a span of scorching sand, we’re generally pretty unaware of the temperature of the ground. That’s not the case for your dog. Walking dogs on hot surfaces, especially asphalt, can lead to discomfort or even serious toe pad burns.

Additionally, if your pet has short legs, that means his torso is closer to that sweltering surface, so even if his feet aren’t on fire, that surface can raise his body temperature tremendously.

Safety tip: Avoiding hot surfaces is the best course of action, but if unshaded asphalt is your only choice, first hold the palm of your hand against the surface. If it’s uncomfortable on your hand, drive to an alternate walking location. If you can’t regularly avoid hot surfaces, look into protective booties for your dog. It might take a bit of practice (and a lot of treats) to get him comfortable walking in them, but if it keeps his feet safe, it’ll be worth it

Sunburn
Even though our pets (well, most of them, anyway) have lots of fur covering their bodies, that doesn’t mean they have full protection from UV rays, which puts them at risk for sunburn and even melanoma. It’s also worth noting that while you might think shaving your dog or cat’s long fur will keep them cool, it also reduces their natural sun defenses . For that reason, it’s best to keep haircuts to a trim, even during the summer.

Safety tip: If your pooch spends a lot of time outdoors over the summer, look into a pet-safe sunscreen to put on exposed areas including nose, ears, and tummy. Make sure it’s specifically formulated for pets, as those made for humans can be harmful to dogs or cats who may lick it.

Open windows
Even if your pet has never been terribly interested in looking out the window, that can change once the glass is out of the way and those sights, smells, and sounds are more accessible.

Safety tip: If you open a window to cool down a room, make sure there’s a screen securely in place (and ensure that the screen will resist a reasonable amount of pressure if your pet leans or pushes against it). If the screen is prone to popping out, you may need to keep the window closed and find another way to cool down the room.

Water dangers
You might assume all dogs can swim, but that’s not necessarily true. Bulldogs, for example have difficulty staying afloat due to their build. And any dog, even one who loves the water, can become fatigued quickly if he falls into a pool, panics, and can’t find the exit. Open water can be dangerous because dogs don’t understand waves, tide, and water traffic

Safety tip: The first step to aquatic safety is to make sure your pet is always supervised around water. Even if you’re there to keep an eye on him, it’s a good idea to use a dog-specific life jacket; it will keep him afloat if he gets tired and provide you with a sturdy handle to lift him out of the water if needed. If you’re going out on a boat, kayak, or paddleboard, this is especially important, as it’s easy for dogs to fall into deep water by accident.

May’s comment: Enjoy the summer days with your pets but please keep in mind they need to keep cool – and we need to be aware of their situation.

Infographic Source is from John Moore Services.

Kristen Seymour wrote the article. Kristen Seymour brought her passion for both pets and writing to the online space nearly a decade ago, working as an editor at AOL’s Paw Nation and then Vetstreet.com. She’s also a regular contributor to HealthyPet Magazine.

5 Comments

  1. Davina Lawrence

    I agree May. I went to pets at home this morning and bought Johnny a cool coat

  2. Jackie Lalwani

    Great tips thank you

  3. Cheryl

    Excellent advice and tips! Unfortunately I think you are preaching to the choir. Those who really need this info don’t read your blog. Could you post it on FB so I could then share it!
    It is extremely hot here in Michigan, so mush so that we have extreme heat advisories up through tomorrow night. Our news people have been good about warning people to take care of their pets in this awful heat!
    Hopefully it will cool off soon!

  4. Sian Widner

    Great reminder! I will pass this on!

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