People suffer from heat exhaustion, people have even died from it, and it would be ignorant to think that your pets are safe from such a tragedy. The reality is; thousands of pets die every year due to heat exhaustion.
I don't know how many times I have called the cops because I have seen
careless owners leaving their pets in the car while they go shopping. A
pet is equivalent to a helpless infant. Would you leave your infant in
the car? The answer is NO! So don't do it to your pets either. Cars easily heat up and hit record highs within minutes.
You get hot in the summer time don't you? Well, so do your pets, and it would be cruel to ignore that fact.
I am going to provide tips on how to make sure your pet stays cool and
healthy all summer long, and does not suffer from heat exhaustion or
1. Never under any circumstances leave your pet in a car. Not even for
a minute. Carry him or her in the store with you. If the shop owners
have an issue with it, tie him up outside. Do not leave him there for
more than a few minutes.
2. Brining your dog to the beach or ocean is always fun. The dog loves
it, you love it. But your animal also runs the risk of dehydrating.
Bring a container filled with water with you. They sell water bottles
that fold out into drinking trays for really cheap. Buy one if you plan
on brining your dog to the beach with you.
3. Bring ice when you take your dog out with you. Ice cubes can be
rubbed on their body and skin for a quick cooling sensation they will
4. Never leave your dog outside on extremely hot days. If you do be
sure your dog has plenty, and I mean plenty of water and food handy.
Also make sure it is in a shaded area. Honestly on hot days like this it
is best to leave your dog inside. Why risk it?
5. Your pet enjoys walks, and as an owner, you too should enjoy taking
them for walks. Do make sure you bring cold water, and ice cubes in the
6. On hot summer days you can also spritz your pet with a water
spritzer. You can buy these in any local CVS, or pet store for a mere
7. Cooling treats are also available in any local supermarket. Believe
it or not these cooling treats are in the same location you'd find your
ice cream. Thats right, ice cream for pets. Freeze them when you
bring them home. These treats come in frozen Popsicle's of beef or
chicken flavor, or as ice cream cups in beef, peanut butter or chicken
flavor as well. The dog will enjoy them, while it also cools them off.
8. If it's hot out, spray him with the hose, or let him run through
the sprinkler. It may sound mean, but the animal will enjoy it, and it
will provide a good solid hour or so of cooling relief from the hot
9. Take them swimming. Get them wet. If your going to the beach with your dog, don't just have them running around like maniacs, this could cause heat exhaustion.
10. If you notice fast beating breathing and panting, be sure to get
them water immediately! Dogs sweat through their mouths and noses,
excess panting causes drooling, which can equal to a loss of water in
the body and fast.
11. If you notice any strange behavior, bring your animal to the vet
as soon as possible! Don't sit around observing while your dog suffers.
Hey, cats get hot too. Follow the same procedures. Keep your cats
indoors during the day. Make sure there is plenty of water in bowls
around the home for your cat to come to when needed. Cats hate water,
but don't be afraid to give em a good squirt with the hose on hot summer
While you are at it, you should also fill any bird baths. Yes Gods creatures get hot too, providing them a bathing and drinking area is good karma waiting to happen.
The key to making sure your pet is healthy all summer long, is to
simply make sure there is plenty of water around, shading, and that they
are kept cool. A few easy simple steps could save your animals life.