Keeping Your Pet Cool This Summer
- by Michelle Dalida
According to AAA, if it's 85 degrees outdoors, your car's
dashboard can heat up to 170 degrees within only 15 minutes –
even if you leave the windows cracked open!
Because of this danger, many states have laws against leaving
a pet unattended in a car.
can also affect dogs differently depending on their size, breed
or coat color. Large dogs and those with pushed-in noses, such
as Pugs, Shih Tzus, and Pekinese, are more at risk of heat
stroke. Also, dogs with darker coats tend to get hotter faster
than dogs with light-colored coats. (Another important reason
it’s our job to keep our pets cool)
The pampering of our pets has made them less capable of
dealing with heat. Unlike their ancestors, most of today’s pets
live protected lives (usually indoors) they are less active and
are very comfortable with air-conditioning. So what are some
do’s and don’ts of keeping your pets cool this summer?
While there are some things you must do differently because
of the heat, one thing you shouldn’t change is your pet’s diet.
Keeping your pet’s diet as consistent as possible will avoid
One thing you can change during the summertime is the
portion size and frequency of meals. Instead of two or three big
meals, some animals might prefer smaller, more frequent meals
during the summer, ideally starting at dawn and ending at dusk.
But there are also special precautions pet owners can take
once Mother Nature starts to turn up the heat. One option many
owners resort to is to shave their pets. While we might think
that this is common sense, (if you’re hot and wearing a sweater,
you take the sweater off right?) this can actually cause other
heat-related problems, such as sunburn. A safer option might
just to get your pet’s hair cut short. (to about ¼ inch)
Another option is bandanas or body wraps. Yes, they’re not
just for fashion anymore! Once dipped in cool water, bandanas or
body wraps provide a cooling effect for about 20 minutes as the
water evaporates from micro beads in the fabric.
And if all else fails, nothing beats old-fashioned shade and
water for your pet. Throw some ice cubes in a bowl of water and
pick a nice shady spot to rest until your pet’s panting is down
to normal. And if you want to improve on this traditional
method, modernize it a bit with your own pocket-sized,
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