High Temps and Hot Pets
May 24th, 2022 by Cherished Companions
Serious summer heat is here and many animals struggle to keep cool because they can’t process heat as effectively as we do. Here’s what you can do to keep your furry friends comfortable this summer.
Temperature climbing? Our Castle Rock vets have great tips on how to keep your dog hydrated and happy.
Because dogs primarily pant rather than sweat, they are much more sensitive to heat than humans are. Cats struggle in the heat, too, and can overheat easily because of their limited capacity to cool off by sweating. Check out our blog Overheated Pets: Tips to Avoid Dehydration and Signs to Watch For.
Other summer safety tips from our Castle Rock vets:
- Never leave your pet in the car on warm, or even sunny, spring and summer days.Even with a window cracked on a 70o day, the interior of your car can reach 100o in as little as 20 minutes.
- Hot asphalt will scorch your pet’s paws. Before you head out for a walk, put your own palm on the pavement—if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pooch.
- Do not shave or trim your pet. A pet’s coat is an important part of her natural cooling system, as it protects the skin from the sun.
- Always provide shade and plenty of cool, fresh water when your pup is outside.
- Take extra water with you just for your dog on long summer walks or hikes.
- Provide a cool, well-ventilated space for your pet to rest in. Try wrapping an ice pack in a towel and leaving it in their favorite sleeping spot for a cool and comfy dog or cat nap.
- No air conditioning? You can freeze a water-filled plastic bottle and put it in front of a fan to help keep your pet cool. Just remember that water expands when it freezes, so don’t fill it to the top.
Symptoms of overheating include excessive panting, increased heart rate and drooling, which can quickly advance to seizures, collapse, vomiting and bloody diarrhea. If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, call us immediately at (303) 688-3757.