Pet Safety: How to Keep Your Pet Cool in the Summer
The sunny summer weather can seem like a perfect invitation to spend time outside with your pet. While exercise and play time are both essential to your pet’s health and happiness, it is important to remember that the summer heat affects animals differently than humans.
At Blue Flame, we are committed to helping you make sure all members of your family stay cool – even the furry ones! Here are some tips for how to keep your pet cool in the summer.
Keep the house cool.
Usually it is a good idea to adjust your thermostat to an energy-saving temperature when you aren’t at home. But during the summer months, leaving your pets at home alone with the AC turned off can be dangerous. Imagine if you were sitting on your couch for several hours without any air conditioning, while wearing a fur coat! Let your pets stay comfortable and happy by leaving the AC turned on throughout the day, or at least closing your curtains and turning on some ceiling fans.
Watch when they exercise.
While playing outside in the backyard grass is fine during the day, save long walks on the leash for early mornings or evenings. The air will be cooler and less humid, and the pavement will not burn your pets’ paws.
Cool down creatively.
If you do spend some time outdoors with your pet during the heat of the day, make sure they stay cool with plenty of water and shade. Some creative ways to cool off include:
- Ice packs, ice cubes, or frozen towels for them to lick.
- A kiddie pool for playful splashing.
- Homemade frozen treats, like these.
- Bringing a water bottle and bowl along on walks.
- Investing in cute booties to protect paws.
Keep your pet’s hair brushed and trimmed and get advice or service from a professional on how to best treat his unique coat. Some dogs are meant to have short hair, while other dogs need their long hair to insulate them in both the winter and the summer. Rushing off to shave your long-haired dog could actually wind up making them even more uncomfortable.
Know the signs of overheating.
If you still aren’t sure how to keep your pet cool in the summer because you can’t tell when your pet is getting too hot, it is important to be familiar with the signs. Here are some indicators that your pet needs cool air and water right away:
- Heavy panting.
- Heavy drooling.
- Trouble breathing.
- Rapid heartbeat.
- Dark gums and tongue.
Never leave pets in the car.
It takes less than 10 minutes for a car to become even hotter than the temperature outside, even with a window cracked. Even if you are running errands quickly, it is not safe to leave your pet exposed to extreme temperatures inside a car. Instead, let your pet relax at home with the AC or a nice cool breeze from a fan.
We hope these tips for how to keep your pet cool in the summer will help keep animals safe and owners happy. If you need to schedule maintenance or repairs on your AC this summer or upgrade to a new unit, Blue Flame can help!
At Blue Flame, we are committed to an exceptional and eco-friendly experience every time you use our heating, air conditioning, and electrical services. Call us at (206) 388-5667 and speak to a member of our team.