Never leave an animal alone in a vehicle
Even with the windows open, a parked car, truck or van can quickly become a furnace. Parking in shade offers little protection. When traveling, carry a gallon of fresh, cold water for your pet.
Don’t force your pet to exercise
Always exercise your pet in the cool of the early morning or evening. Never leave your dog standing on the street, their paws can burn on the hot asphalt.
Provide shade for your pet
If your pet must stay outside during the day provide plenty of shade for your animal. A well constructed dog house serves best. If you are able to bring your cat or dog inside do so and let them rest in a cool part of your house.
Be vigilant of older and overweight animals
If you have an older or overweight animal the heat can be harder on them, versus a younger more active animal. Snub-nosed dogs (bulldogs, pugs, Boston terriers etc.) should be kept indoors and in air-conditioning as must as possible, as the heat can make it difficult for them to breathe.
If you have a dog who has a thick coat shaving their hair to a 1-inch lenght will help prevent overheating. Do not shave your dog all the way down their fur is designed to protect them from the sun and other elements.
Many veterinarians recommed apply sunscreen to your pet, especially on their nose and ears. Many retail stores have sunscreen approved for use on pets, but often times human sunscreen will work just as well. If you are applying a human sunscreen to your pet look for something that is for sensative skin.
Water, Water, Water
Finally, the most important thing you can do for your pet is to keep them hydrated. Make sure they have plenty of clean, fresh water at all times. Like us humans they can easily become dehydrated during the hot weather.
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This post was written by dwagner on July 5, 2012