How To Keep Your Pet Cool This Summer
Photo courtesy of Valerie Carter
Although it’s not officially summer yet - the temperatures are confirming it’s making its way! Here in Austin, TX we reached a high of 105 the first weekend of June! As humans we know to lather up in sunscreen and hydrate ourselves, but our pets can’t fend for themselves so I’ve provided a few quick tips on how to keep our furry friends safe and cool in the summer heat.
Know their breed
Short hair and long hair pets react to the sun differently. Short haired pets tend to tolerate the heat better than, say, a Bernese Mountain dog. Although some pets can tolerate the heat better than others, shade is their ultimate friend. Exposure to the sun and heat can potentially cause heat exhaustion.
Paws down for Booties!
They may react funny at first once you place them on their feet but your pet’s paws will be protected from the hot blacktop or sidewalk. These booties from chewy.com are less than $10 and a great tool in keeping your pet protected against the hot asphalt in high temps!
Avoid the heat peak of the day
Yes, fitness is important for your pets but hold off on walking them until later afternoon or early morning. The key is before or after the sun sets; quick bathroom breaks are harmless but outdoor activity in the hot sun can potentially cause dehydration or heat exhaustion for pets.
Hydrate, hydrate, HYDRATE!
This is for both pets and their owners. Provide enough water for your pet throughout the day to keep their body temperature cool. My dog personally enjoys ice cubes in her water bowl to play around with. If you’re not home throughout the day, PetSmart has an auto fill system that will be handy to your furry pets throughout the day.
At Camden we are so pet friendly we promote pet wellness tips! To find out more information on how much Camden loves pets please read: 8 calming tips for your dog during firework season or Top 5 ways to make your apartment more fun for your cat.
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