Heat Safety for Pets

By Lesley White, Owner, Peak City Puppy

As temperatures continue to rise, so does the importance of keeping pets safe and cool during hot summer conditions. Complications from heat exposure are one of the leading causes of pet injury and death, especially in the summer months. You don’t have to spend the dog days of summer cooped up with your pets. Follow these heat safety tips for pets so you can enjoy your time without stressing about safety.

Double Up on the H20

Playing around is thirsty work for your pet even on cool days, so you should pay special attention to Fido’s hydration levels when the temperatures begin to go up. Make sure your furry friends always have access to fresh, clean water–and plenty of it. Pets can drink double the amount of water they normally do during very hot days. Look out for signs of dehydration, like excessive panting, slowed activity levels, dry nose and mouth and fast, short breathing to make sure your pet is handling the heat.

If It’s too Hot for You, It’s too Hot for Them

Everyone can appreciate that the dog days of summer can get a little extreme, but unlike humans, your pets have a layer of fur that can make the summer heat even more intense for them. What’s more, since dogs don’t sweat the same way we do, they have to pant to cool their bodies. On days when humidity is high, they can be at higher risk of overheating, according to the Humane Society of the United States. To keep your pets safe, go with this rule of thumb: if it’s too hot for you to be outside comfortably, it’s too hot for your pets, too.

Protect the Paws

On hot days, concrete and asphalt can heat up much more quickly than other surfaces, and cause potential harm to your pet’s feet. That’s why it is so important to be careful when walking your pets during the summer months. To protect their paws, schedule your walks earlier in the day when the day’s heat hasn’t hit in full force, or opt to keep your dog walking on cooler surfaces, like grass and dirt. At Peak City Puppy, our trained walkers are always on the lookout for signs that pets are uncomfortable during walks, and make their safety our number one priority.

Never Leave Your Pet in a Car

For many folks, leaving a pet in a car to run inside to grab something, or pop into the store to make a quick purchase, doesn’t seem like a big deal. Unfortunately, being left unattended in cars can cause animals to go into distress quickly, and even die in very short order. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, within just ten minutes, the temperature inside of a car can rise to more than 20 degrees higher than the temperature outside. That means if it is 80 degrees inside, the temperature your pets are exposed to can quickly exceed 100 degrees in just a few minutes.

Learning about how to protect your pets from the dangers of heat exposure is just one of the ways you can show your pet just how much you care. At Peak City Puppy, we offer dog walking services with trained professionals who will treat your pup like their own. We can offer safe, supervised walks and playtime to help them beat the heat while still getting the exercise they need.

To learn more about why we’re known as the Triangle’s Most Reliable Dog Walkers, visit www.PeakCityPuppy.com.