In many parts of the country, this summer has been slightly cooler than the previous three summers, but we still have had waves of significant heat. There are days where not only the blazing hot temperatures, but the sky-high humidity, contributes to your pet overheating. Obviously the goal is to keep your pet exercised, happy and healthy, so long walks in the wicked hot weather are not a good idea.
It is best, if possible, to walk you dog early in the morning or at dusk. Another problem pets encounter is hot concrete and asphalt. These surfaces can damage your pet’s paw pads, so waiting until they cool off is advisable.
Animals with flat faces, such as Bulldogs, Pugs and Persian cats, are particularly vulnerable to overheating. Even though dogs and cats pant to cool themselves, if it’s too hot they can’t get all the moisture out of their lungs.
It’s not a good idea to leave your pet in the car, even with the windows down. The car is like an oven and may lead to danger for your pet. Always have cool water available for your pet, as they need to be able to drink as often as they choose.
If you see that your pet is panting too heavily, having difficulty breathing, having an increased heart rate, weakness, diarrhea, vomiting or seizures, then you need to get your pet to the vet as soon as possible.