Pets are at the greatest risk of injury and heat-related health problems during the summer months. Follow these tips to keep your pet safe and cool:
Keep pets hydrated during hot weather by ensuring they always have access to fresh water, whether at home or on daily walks and outings.
Short-haired pets and those with pink skin or white hair are most likely to burn. Water, sand and rocks at the beach reflect sunlight – putting your pet at increased risk. To prevent sunburn, control your pet’s exposure to the sun by limiting the amount of time outdoors and providing shade.
During the summer, as the outside air temperature increases, temperatures inside of a vehicle can reach dangerously high levels. This is extremely dangerous to pets and puts them at risk of heat-related illnesses that can quickly lead to death. Slightly opening windows or parking in the shade does not prevent temperatures from rising to dangerous levels.
In hot weather, it’s kinder and safer for pets to stay at home. If you have to take a pet with you, carry a spare key to help avoid accidentally trapping your pet in the locked vehicle.
Heat stroke is a serious medical condition that requires immediate intervention. Untreated, it can lead to death. Act quickly to cool down your pet by moving your pet to a shaded area, pouring cool water over your pet and contacting a veterinarian immediately.