Summer Pet Survival Guide: Triple-Digit Temps are a Triple Threat
Three Tips to Keep Pets Safe from Extreme Heat.
School is out for summer, but it’s not always vacation for our furry friends.
Brutally high temperatures, combined with the scorching Arizona sun, can make summers in the desert unbearable for our pets. Here are the top three threats to be aware of this summer, and how you can protect your pet from each of them.
- Heat Stroke
While humans cool off in the pool, our pets are often left to sweat it out… the only problem is, they can’t sweat like we can! Instead, dogs pant to release heat, but if they get too overheated, it can spell disaster. Pets should never be left outside or tethered without shade and access to water. 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.
- Hot Paws
You’ve seen the demonstrations on TV. The pavement gets hot enough to fry an egg on it. So, don’t roast your pet’s paws! Always feel the ground before taking your dog on a walk. Hold your hand to the ground, and if it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for their paws. That includes the pavement, pool decks, rocky areas and even sandy surfaces which can also absorb enough heat to leave your pet’s paws hurting.
A summer haircut can bring some relief to long-haired breeds, but never shave your dog. They need at least an inch of hair to protect their skin from the summer sun. Pet owners should also pay special attention to their furry friends’ noses, ears and bellies. These areas can be especially vulnerable to sunburn. For pets who might be more susceptible to the sun, like white dogs with thin fur, feel free to use pet-friendly sunblock. Apply the sunblock to their ears, nose, belly and groin.