Pets often become more like family members, and for dogs (and the occasional cat) we tend to take them wherever we go. But before you pack Fido for a summer trip, it is important to think about how you can keep your beloved pet safe when the temperature is extreme.
How hot is too hot?
Pets have different types of fur, and they also have a higher baseline temperature, which means that your pet does not experience heat in the same way that you do. Pets cool differently than humans, and some can cool better than others. So do not rationalize leaving your pet in hot weather by telling yourself that if you can handle it, so can they. Learn how your pet reacts to heat when you walk, travel or stay outdoors. And if the mercury climbs above 90 degrees, be very careful when doing any of this with your pet.
Tips for car travel:
Within a few minutes, your car's interior can be beautiful, up to 20 degrees higher than the temperature outside and far beyond what your dog can safely handle. When it's so hot, cracking the windows really makes no difference: your pet can die or be seriously injured in a very short period of time. So if you are considering taking your pet on a trip, think of it as traveling with a small child. Pay attention to their comfort level and be prepared to stop often for potty breaks, water and walks. Plan your stops along the way and always have a place for your pet to stay outside the car if you need to leave them alone for a short period.
Pets and heat stroke:
Just like humans, pets can get heat stroke, and it can be dangerous or even fatal. If your pet's breathing rate is high, or if they show signs of disorientation or even seizures after heat exposure, contact them immediately. Other signs of heat illness in pets include extreme thirst and panting, fever and vomiting.
Always have your veterinarian's number on hand, and be sure to check with emergency physicians at the places you travel.
- During warmer months, adjust your dog's schedule so you do not walk them during the hottest hours of the day. Instead, go early in the morning and late at night.
- Give your pet access to a sprinkler or children's pool or spray lightly with water to help them cool down.
- Make sure they always have access to water and shade, and never leave them unattended for long.
- Never leave your dog alone in a parked car, not even with the air conditioning on and / or the windows cracked.
- When it is hot outside, the asphalt gets much warmer. If you could not walk barefoot without being burned, it is the same for your pet.
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