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Top 10 Hot Weather Pet Tips

The warmer days are on their way, and for some of us, they are already here! As summer approaches, it is important to remember important tips about our pets’ safety regarding hot weather. Here are a few tips to help you and your pet stay cool and safe this summer.

  1. Don’t leave your pet in the car. Ever. Your car is like an oven, even with the windows cracked. On a 78 degree day, your car can heat up to over 90 degrees when parked in the shade, imagine how hot it can get when parked in the sun! Err on the side of caution and leave your pet at home.
  2. cat outside hiding in plantsProvide plenty of shade. Pets can’t sweat like humans so they need a proper place to escape if they get too hot. Be sure that your pet has a shady tree to lay under when outside, or a cool place in the house to retreat.
  3. Provide plenty of water. Prevent dehydration by keeping your pet’s water dish filled with cool, clean water. Maybe even throw in a couple of ice cubes!
  4. Shave off the winter coat. If your pet is shedding it’s undercoat, be sure to help with the process by giving him a good brushing. It may also be a good idea to consider shaving down pets with thicker coats to help them stay cool on the hot summer days.
  5. Avoid hot asphalt. In some areas, asphalt can get hot enough to fry an egg– imagine how that must feel on your pooch’s paw pads! Try to only walk during the early morning or late evening and stick to grass and gravel trails rather than asphalt.
  6. Be safe in the water. If you are taking your pet for a swim to cool off, be sure to provide plenty of supervision and time to rest between dips into the water.
  7. Rinse off after a swim. It’s important to rinse your dog after a swim in the lake, ocean, or pool. If not, your dog may lick the salt water or pool chemicals and become sick.
  8. Know what to look for in an overheated pet. Symptoms of an overheated pet include difficulty breathing, excessive panting, drooling, increased heart rate, weakness and even collapse.
  9. Flat-faced furry friends need extra care. Brachycephalic animals such as Pugs, French Bulldogs, and Persian cats cannot pant and cool down as effectively as our longer-muzzled pets.
  10. Have fun! Alright so I couldn’t think of a 10th tip ;) But if you have anything else to add, please share it with us by leaving a comment!

By paying a little extra attention and care this summer, your pet can have a happy and healthy time!

About Stacy @Trupanion

Stacy Kowalchuk is a dog mom to her rescued Whippet-mix, Ellie. During the week, you can find Stacy surfing (the internet, that is) and managing Trupanion's presence in the social media world. In her free time, Stacy likes to bake, especially cupcakes! To balance her culinary affinity, she also likes to stay active, especially with activities that include her dog such as hiking and going to dog parks.

11 Responses to Top 10 Hot Weather Pet Tips

  1. Heather says:

    I definitely need to schedule a grooming for my dog Jackson. He hates the hot weather and loves having his long hair shaved off during the summer.

  2. Meg says:

    My pup loves ice pops- especially when I make her ones from chicken or beef broth!

  3. Angel says:

    I have two Boston Terriers. They use a kiddie pool on our balcony.

  4. Rane says:

    Have a pet first aid kit that includes an instant cold compress.

  5. Joni says:

    I freeze water in the big cottage cheese containers to make giant ice cubes to put in my dogs’ outside water bowl. They love it.

  6. Danielle says:

    We have a specialty pet store in town that sells “pupsicles”. It’s essentially just watered down frozen yogurt, but cools my pup down the best. She also has her own kiddie pool in the shade that she lounges in on really hot days.

  7. Susan Fales says:

    10. On extremely hot days with almost non-existent breezes, be sure to check on your pets frequently, even if they are in the shade or indoors. It is possible for them to get overheated even in the shade. (Think of those long, hot nights when you just can’t get cool enough to sleep well.)

  8. Sandra Goldstein says:

    Way to go for highlighting the whole asphalt deal. Most people know how dangerous it is to leave pets in car in the heat and grooming is kind of taken care of these days also. But it’s easy to forget just how hot the sidewalk can get. Hey, on a scorchy day you can even see the meltdown – all that gloopy black stuff bubbling away in the sun. With sneakers on, you just don’t feel any of this, and though dogs made it through evolution to run around on a hot day, they sure as hell ain’t equipped for asphalt. My German shepherd got burned real bad a few years back out on a long walk round my pal’s neighborhood. She was sore and weepy for a week and needed meds to help the blistering. This one is top of my list now. It’s so easy to overlook – and your dog won’t thank you for it.

  9. Trish says:

    Hair can be beneficial in hot weather, working to insulate dogs from the heat and shield their skin from the sun. Remember, dogs don’t use sweat to cool themselves the way people do, so they don’t need to have exposed skin in order to stay cool.

    That being said, if a dog has too much hair, the hair can stop being beneficial in hot weather and start retaining too much heat. You may be able to thin the coat out enough by brushing your dog thoroughly and consistently with a wire or “rake” type brush designed for heavy-coated breeds. These brushes can remove some of the fuzzy undercoat layer of fur, sometimes enough to make dogs comfortable in warm weather.

  10. kristy says:

    Air conditioning is also helpful to a hairy pet in the summer heat.

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