How to Keep My Pet Cool All Summer
For many people, the furry four-legged pets in their home are part of the family
If you have a “fur baby” and want to ensure it stays healthy and happy this summer, finding ways to keep it cool is essential. Dogs, cats, and other pets cannot tell you when they need to cool down, but they can overheat quickly, especially in the sweltering Arizona heat. Here are some cool tips to protect your pets this summer from the heat.
Plenty of Water – At Home and On the Go
Just like you, your pet needs to stay hydrated to keep its body temperature at a normal level on hot days. Make sure your pets always have full water bowls at home – most dogs and cats prefer cold, clean water, so cleaning the bowls regularly is important. Not only do they need water at home, but they also need to have access when you go on walks or drives. Have a portable water dish or travel watering device for your pets when you will be away from the home.
Limit Direct Sun
You may be able to spend time in the sun, but your furry pets need some shade. The hot Arizona sun beating down on a furry coat can quickly dehydrate your dog or cat. When outside, make sure they have access to shaded areas where they can retreat from the sun. If you are at the park or on a walk, choose areas with natural shade that can limit their exposure to direct sun. Pets can be sunburned, even with their fur, if overexposed to sunshine.
Never Leave Your Pets in a Vehicle
There is a substantial amount of awareness that has been raised on the dangers of hot cars and pets, but every year there are animals who die when left in vehicles. Even with a window cracked, a vehicle can reach extreme temperatures in a very short period of time. To keep your pets safe, never leave them in a vehicle. Even on “cool” days for Arizona, a vehicle can quickly reach well over 100 degrees in 10-15 minutes. Leave your pets at home if you cannot bring them in with you to shop or dine – vehicles are an unsafe place for pets all year round in Arizona.
Be Careful of Hot Asphalt
Did you know asphalt can burn the pads on your pet’s feet? When the outside temperature is above 90 degrees, asphalt can easily be 140+ degrees, hot enough to fry an egg. Even in cooler temperatures, asphalt heats up quickly. It is important to protect the paws of your pet from damage by avoiding hot pavement. You should always check the temperature of the pavement with your hand before allowing your pet to walk on it – keep in mind that constant exposure can burn the skin on their paws.
Limit Heavy Exercise During Peak Heat Hours
Pets need exercise to stay healthy, but you should avoid heavy exercise during the hottest times of days. If you bring your pets on walks or perform outdoor playtime, plan for morning or evening exercise when the temperatures are lower. Always watch for signs of heatstroke – excessive panting, glazed eyes, vomiting or a darker colored tongue can be signs of heat stroke in your pet. Get them into a cool area, apply cool towels to their fur and give them measured amounts of water if you suspect heatstroke and call your veterinarian.
Indoor Cooling Areas
Make sure your pets have cool areas to relax in your home. If they are confined to one area or kennel, it should be one with shade and plenty of water available. Consider investing in cooling pads to give them extra comfort. These pads can be cooled by soaking in water and stay cool for days at a time. Keep in mind that cool surfaces are more effective for cooling pets than using a fan or air – furry animals reduce their body heat differently than humans.
Maintain a Cool Home with a Smart Thermostat
Your HVAC system keeps your home cool for you and your pets. Make sure your air conditioning unit is maintained and working efficiently to provide a climate controlled home, even when you are away. Consider investing in a smart thermostat for your HVAC system. With a smart thermostat, you can monitor the temperature of your home even when you are away. If the power goes out or your AC unit is dysfunctional, you can be alerted to trouble. This can protect your pet from an overheated home if something goes wrong when you are away.
At Mason Mechanical, we understand how important your family is to you, including the furry members. We can help you maintain a cool home with our HVAC services. Contact us for an AC tune-up or to discuss upgrading to a smart thermostat to help keep your home cool this summer in Arizona.