Summer is approaching! That means long days spent outdoors, soaking up the rays and playing in the sand. Your greatest warm-weather companion? Your four-legged friend! And while you may be ready to beat the heat, equipped with sunglasses, sunblock, and a wide-brimmed hat, is Fido? When it comes to the heat, our pets require very special attention. When the temperatures rise outside, we pay particular attention to our family heating and cooling. But our pets are also a part of that family! Don’t leave them panting beneath the sun’s beating rays. Check out these helpful and life-saving tips for keeping your pets safe in the heat.
- Limit exercise on hot days. While bright days may be ideal for a daily walk around the park, keep your pet’s health in mind. Adjust the length and intensity of your daily exercise to fit the needs of your furry friend, keeping them short and sweet. Additionally, keep your walks limited to morning or evening hours. These hours are the coolest, making them a little bit easier on our pets.
- Provide lots of shade and water. If your pets enjoy time spent outside, make sure that they have plenty of shaded space and ample amounts of water. Check their water bowl daily to ensure that they have plenty of H2O. Plant plenty of greenery or put up a canopy to create a shaded area for them to lounge. Additionally, keep their supply of water out of the sun, so that it stays cool and fresh for as long as possible.
- Never leave pets in a parked car. This may seem simple, but it is imperative. Even a few minutes inside a hot car can lead to heat stroke or fatality.
- Utilize regular family heating and cooling practices to ensure that your pets are just as comfortable as your family members. Keep your home cool and comfortable with appropriate cooling units, such as a well-functioning air conditioner. While fans may seem like a reliable source of cool air, they aren’t quite as effective on pets as they are on humans.
- Feed them chilly treats. To cool your pets from the inside, out, incorporate frozen snacks into their treat intake. Freeze slices of banana for a quick and cool treat. Or, search for a delicious frozen dog treat recipe. They will keep them full and satisfied while cooling them off!
- Again, provide ample amounts of water. Our pets tend to drink more frequently on warmer days, so be sure to check their water bowl throughout the day. Keep their bowl full at all times and keep it out of the sun so that it stays cool and fresh for as long as possible.
When it comes to family heating and cooling, don’t forget about the safety of your furry friend! Utilize these tips on the hottest of days and they’ll be cool, comfortable, and as happy as can be.