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Heat Safety Tips for Pets

Posted by Nikki Wardle on August 16, 2023 at 9:00 AM
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Although this summer has been unseasonably cool, we have had a few 100°+ temperature days that have made everyone run for shade. These hot days can be especially dangerous for pets as they have a harder time cooling off. Here are some tips to help keep your pets safe in the hot Idaho weather.

  • We can’t say this enough - never leave your pet in a hot car. Even with the windows cracked open, the temperature inside a car will rise within minutes to dangerous levels. If you can’t bring your pet with you into stores or your friend’s house, please leave them at home with plenty of shade and water.
  • Limit exercise on hot days. If you do take your pet for a walk, do it early in the morning or late in the evening when the temperatures are cooler. Avoid exercising your pet in direct sunlight.
  • Make sure your pet has plenty of shade and water if they spend their days outdoors. You can also wet their fur with cool water to help them cool down.
  • Be aware of the signs of heatstroke in your pet. Heatstroke is a serious medical emergency that can be fatal to pets. Signs of heatstroke include excessive panting, difficulty breathing, bright red gums, vomiting, diarrhea, and collapse. If you think your pet is suffering from heatstroke, take them to the veterinarian immediately.
  • If your pet has a thick coat or a double coat, shaving it may not be the best. Your pet’s thicker coat is protection from the sun’s heat and can help keep your pup cooler. Dogs and cats emit extra heat through panting and 
  • Use sunscreen on your pet if they have spots of exposed skin. Pets with light-colored fur or skin are more susceptible to sunburn. If your pet will be spending time in the sun, be sure to apply sunscreen to their exposed skin.

We want your and your pets to be safe during the hotter days of summer.

Additional Heat Safety Tips:

  • If you have a pool or hot tub, make sure it is fenced in so your pet cannot get in unsupervised.
  • Never leave your pet tied up outside in hot weather where they don’t have access to shade.
  • Bring your pet inside if you are going to be working outside of the home for an extended period of time.
  • If you see a pet that is showing signs of heatstroke, call animal control or take them to the vet immediately.

By taking a few simple precautions, you can help prevent heatstroke and other heat-related illnesses in your pets.

Topics: Animal Hospital Near Me, Pet Facts