15 Tips to Keep Pets Cool This Hot Summer

by The Pet Care Guy on June 21, 2011

I don’t know about the weather where you are, but here in Fremont, we are having a hot spell. Today is also the first day of Summer, and you need to think about how to keep your pets cool during this hot weather.

It’s summer time! Time for sun, fun, vacations, and extra care for your pets.

Remember that your pets depend on you to keep them comfortable during the hottest time of the year, so don’t let them down. Here are a few tips to keep in mind while you enjoy the good weather this summer.

  1. Make sure your pets always have access to fresh, cool drinking water.
  2. Don’t leave your dog outside without access to shelter that provides shade and has good ventilation. In fact, leave pets indoors if you can, especially on the hottest days.
  3. Never leave your pet in a car unattended.
  4. Take cool water with you on walks and car trips to give your pet.
  5. If you walk your dog, don’t overdo it. Walk during the early morning or evening hours when it’s cooler. If you have to walk during the hotter hours, take cool water with you, walk on grass to avoid hot paved roads, and watch your dog for signs of discomfort or heat exhaustion. If he exhibits those signs, cool him down immediately and visit the vet.
  6. Remember that very young, very old, and overweight pets will be more susceptible to heat exhaustion or heat stroke in hot weather. Pets with medical conditions such as heart problems are also at risk.
  7. When walking your dog, steer clear of areas that might be targeted for insecticide spraying, which is commonly done during the summer. Also keep your pet’s safety in mind when trying to rid your own home or yard of pests that come out more in warmer weather.
  8. If your pet does get over-heated, you can put a wet towel over him, pour some water over him, or put him in a tub or kiddie pool with water to cool him down.
  9. If your house doesn’t have air conditioning, try running some fans to circulate the air and cool down the temperature.
  10. If you find yourself outdoors with your dog for a while, consider putting pet sunscreen on his sensitive nose and inside ears that stand upright.
  11. You can trim fur on long-haired dogs, but don’t shave it all off. The fur protects him from the sun.
  12. Some people cut or shave their cat’s fur during hot summer months. Some people say they would never shave a cat, while others think it’s perfectly safe to do so. If you do decide to give your cat a haircut, you might want to take him to a professional groomer. If you do it yourself, get a friend to help, use proper shears, and take extra care as a cat’s skin is very thin can be cut easily.
  13. Regular grooming is important, especially during hot weather when pets shed. Brush your cat or dog to keep fur from matting. 
  14. Consider giving your cat a hairball remedy during the summer. All that shedding will undoubtedly cause more hairballs. 
  15. Be careful of open windows in your house. Even if your window has a screen, a dog or cat can easily knock it out and make an escape.

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