Heat and humidity can be uncomfortable, but pets have different challenges at this time of year. Keep them safe this summer with these four tips from the Humane Society:
1. Limit exercise on hot days. Adjust the intensity and duration in accordance with the temperature. On very hot days, limit exercise to early morning or evening hours.
2. Stay on the grass. Asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet’s paws, so walk your dog on the grass if possible.
3. Provide ample shade and water. Any time your pet is outside, be sure to provide protection from the sun and plenty of fresh, cold water. Shade from trees and tarps allow for airflow, but a doghouse will make it worse, trapping heat inside.
4. Watch for signs of heatstroke. Heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness are all signs of heatstroke. If you observe these conditions, move your pet into the shade or an air-conditioned area. Apply ice packs or cold towels to their head, neck, and chest. Let them drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes, and then take them directly to a veterinarian.