Summer is coming, and temperatures are expected to be above normal in many areas. Protect your pets from the heat and prevent heat stroke with these tips.
Keep your pets hydrated. Dogs don’t sweat like humans do – they pant. Even cats pant when they are too hot. Panting circulates air through your dog or cat’s body, but also results in moisture evaporating. Make sure their water bowls are always full, and if it’s an extra hot day, drop in a few ice cubes to keep their water cool.
Adding in Primal Goat Milk and Bone Broth to meals can help add moisture to your pets diet. Dogs’ and cats’ bodies are about 65% moisture and unlike humans, they are designed to obtain the majority of their water from the foods they eat. Adding extra fluids to your pet’s food can help keep their moisture levels where they should be.
- Watch out for pets with brachycephalic airways, like bulldogs, pugs, persians, or burmese cats. Pets with these type of airways have a difficult time panting, and therefore regulating their body temperature. Watch them closely in the summer months for accelerated signs of heat stroke.
- Save exercise for the cooler hours of the day, like earlier in the morning or later at night. No one likes to go for a run at noon on a 100 degree day – including your dog.
- Never leave your pet in a parked car when it’s hot out. Car temperatures can jump sky high, even in a matter of minutes. Leave your pet at home if they cannot go where you are going – it’s for their safety.
- Make sure your pet has access to shade if they are spending time outside. If shade cannot be guaranteed, it’s better to leave them indoors where they will be cool and safe.
- Finally, know the signs of heat stroke in pets. Both cats and dogs have similar symptoms:
If your pet is experiencing heat stroke, soak them in cool (not cold) water, and get them to a veterinarian immediately! Bring along an ice pack or bag of frozen veggies to keep on their body as you transport them to the vet.
Keep your pet safe from the heat this summer, and have fun!