Summer Pet Survival Guide: Beat the Heat

Being Proactive is Key in Keeping Pets Cool and Safe this Summer.

The summer months in Arizona can be brutal for our furry friends. 

Less time at the park, shorter walks, and being cooped up inside all day is no fun, but it is much better than putting our pups in danger out in the sun. Here are a few tips to be proactive in keeping your pets safe and cool this summer, including suggestions to keep pets entertained indoors and knowing the signs of heat related ailments.

  1. Limit Outdoor Activity
    Your dog’s outdoor activity should be limited to the early morning hours or late evening, before the sun comes out or after the pavement has cooled down.

    • Here are a few ideas for exercise activities in the summer: Ice treats, indoor games, puzzle toys, puzzle feeders, etc.
    • Don’t forget about the City of Phoenix’s hiking ban – please take precaution no matter which city you are in!
  2. Know the Signs
    Tell-tale signs of heat stroke include excessive panting, weakness, drooling, and vomiting. If your pet experiences any of these symptoms, offer them cool water, slowly cool them off with water or a wet towel and get them to a vet immediately. Learn more about the differences between heat stress heat exhaustion, and heat stroke.
  3. Never Tether Your Pet
    Pets who are tethered or chained will often getting entangled, making it difficult for them to access water and shelter.
  4. Provide Water (and Lots of it)
    The summer heat can quickly leave pets dehydrated and weak. Always make sure your pet has access to clean, fresh water throughout the day.
  5. Be Prepared
    If you know you’re going to be out in the heat, pack plenty of water for you and your pet. And protect their paws from hot surfaces with shoes or booties.
  6. Take Special Care
    Some pets are more at risk for heat stroke. Take special care if your pet is older, overweight, or has a snort nose. Our “smushy face” Pugs and Bulldogs are adorable, but their shorter muzzles also make it harder for them to breathe, so take extra precautions to protect them against heat stroke
  7. Check and Re-check the Backseat
    Hot cars are one of the most dangerous situations for pets and children. Even when temperatures outside are in the ’80s, temperatures inside a car can climb well above 100 in just minutes. Don’t ever leave your pets unattended inside a car, even for a short period of time. If you see a pet or child in a hot car and believe they are in danger, here’s what to do:
    • Call 911.
    • Determine if the vehicle is locked. If unlocked, open a door to enter the vehicle. If locked, you may break the window. Do not use more force than is necessary.
    • Remain with the child or pet until the authorities arrive. Learn more at azhumane.org/nohotdogsaz.

 

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