7 Ways to Keep Your Pets Cool This Summer

Some tips to keep your pets safe!

July 16, 2019
Top Ways to Keep Your Pets Cool During The Heat of Summer in Philadelphia
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The weather is set to be very hot in the coming weeks here in Philadelphia and the surrounding areas - and just as we would apply sunscreen to keep us safe, our furry friends need our help, too.

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Here are 7 tips to keep your pets safe and cool this summer.

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1. Always check the temperature of the sidewalk/pavement.

Remember - ground temps can be drastically higher than air temps. Always check the temperature of the pavement with your hand. If it's too hot for you, it's too hot for them, too.

2. Take walks during the early and late hours of the day.

During these times, especially early morning, the ground is much cooler and the air is not as hot or humid. These times are ideal for walking your pet.

3. Carry water.

Make sure to carry enough water for you and your pet. Animals will become thirsty before you will!

4. Know your pet.

If your pet is older, overweight, obese, suffering from heart or other problems, be sure to take extra care and precaution. These pets are more susceptible to heat exhaustion.

5. Apply sunscreen.

Yes! Pet's can get a sunburn, too. Wherever your pet has less/short hair, you should apply sunscreen. Special pet-sunscreen is also available at your local veterinarian or pet supply shop.

6. Find ways to cool off your pet.

It could be identifying a shady spot outside while playing, filling up a bowl of water to keep handy, or even have a small size pool on hand filled with cool water for your pet to enjoy. Maybe grab a had for your pet or set a timer for your walk to ensure you are not out too long. Think of ways you, personally, are able to keep your pet cool with your surroundings and belongings.

7. Know the signs of heat exhaustion.

We all would never want to hurt our furry friends. However, if your's is excessively and heavily panting, is weak, and/or has bright red gums, it could be a sign of heat exhaustion. Bring your pet indoors into a cool, shaded place immediately and/or, depending on the severity, take your pet to the veterinarian or emergency veterinary clinic

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These tips are provided solely for informational purposes and are not the direct advice of a veterinarian. Always consult your pet's veterinarian for clinical advice and help.