As the weather gets warmer, we remind everyone to never leave pets (and kids!) in your car, as vehicles heat up quickly. Beyond that core tenet, summer weather brings up other concerns. To keep your pets cool and comfortable:
Keep your pets hydrated. Some pets might even like some ice cubes in their water bowls.
Keep your pets off of hot pavement as it can burn their paws. Generally, when the air temperature is 85 degrees and up, it’s time to keep your dog off the pavement. If the pavement is too hot for your own hand, it’s too hot for your pup.
Know the signs of heatstroke (excessive panting, drooling, weakness, lethargy, rapid heartbeat, etc.) If you suspect heat stroke, move your pet to a shaded area and pour cool water over them. Seek veterinary attention immediately.
Take breaks in the shade when you do take your pets out.
Take your pets out during the cooler hours of the day; typically the mornings are best.
Some pet parents swear by cooling mats, which are widely available. Others bring out the hose and kiddie pool to play — in the shade is best, as pets can get sunburned too.
In partnership with Willamette Veterinary Hospital
& Eastgate Veterinary Clinic
Jilinda Lewis, DVM Ark Animal Hospital