Good reminders for protecting your pets in extreme heat
As we deal with more heat and humidity, there are some simple things you can do to keep your pets safe. A lot of this information may seem like nothing more than common sense, but it's worth repeating because there continue to be cases of overheated pets.
If you have an outside dog, bring it inside. Even if you don't have air conditioning, it's cooler than outside. Fans are also helpful.
Dog pools, misters and ice cubes in your pet's water can also help. There are water bowls that are designed to keep the water cold.
Doghouses do not provide shade. In fact, they're hot. You don't have to skip walks, but shorten them and go early in the morning or at night.
If the pavement is too hot to your touch, it will burn your dog's pads.
When you let your dog outside, don't get distracted. Set an alarm for 5-10 minutes.
If your dog is overheating, get to your vet right away.
There are a number of things you can buy to help keep your dog cool.
There are collapsible water dishes you can take on walks. There are cooling vests, cooling towels and beds.
Talk with your vet or local pet store for more ideas.