During our last heat wave, there were a lot of people who were genuinely concerned about their pet’s health, and rightfully so. Heat stroke is a real threat for our pets. If you have an air conditioned home, this is great. But, in the S.F Bay Area, most homes do not. And, if the power goes out, there is no A/C, and you need to be prepared.
Some ways to keep your pets cool is to direct a fan at them so there is air movement over their body, and across their tongue and feet. Also, you may wet some towels and place them over your pet’s body. Cover their head, chest, neck, feet, and abdomen.
Here is another great tip from one of our sitters. She told me this idea and I had to let you know about it.
One of our sitters, Karen Paulos, told me of a trick to keep small animals cool when it is so hot. What she suggested was to take a 1-liter, or a 2-liter empty soda bottle, fill it with water, and freeze it. This can be placed in a small animal’s cage, next to a cat, or next to a small dog. Heck, I think even a large dog would appreciate a large 2 liter bottle of frozen water to help keep cool. This allows the animals to curl up next to the frozen bottle and keep cool.
This is such an easy, low tech solution to help keep animals cool, and it works. So you may think of keeping a bottle, or three, of water in your freezer to have in case of another heat wave. Then, the next time your house is unbearably hot, grab one or two of the bottles and use it on them.
When the first bottle thaws out and warms up, you can switch to a new frozen bottle and re-freeze the now thawed out one.
Great idea Karen!
Try it out. I think it will work wonders for your pets.