If you travel with a pet, it’s important to remember that they need a little help keeping cool in the summer heat! Here are a few things to watch out for!
Keeping a fresh, cool water supply is vitally important to the health of your pet in the summer months. Make sure that the water bowl/source is secured so that there’s minimal spillage, and that if you’re limiting waterings to optimize stops and travel time – that you’re being conscious of your pet’s condition, and that you’re still providing them with the hydration they need.
Watch out for the paw pads. Although paw pads are tough, they’re still sensitive, and can easily be burnt on hot asphalt or pavement. Try to remember to take grass and dirt paths, and frequently check the paw pads for redness and sensitivity. Look into doggie boots, if asphalt is unavoidable – they can be found at most pet stores (or any store that carries pet supplies) for around $20.
Be aware that it’s possible for a pet to get sunburned. – If your pet makes regular trips to a groomer, and they’re ever shaved down – be sure to remember that pets with short hair, white fir, or light skin are susceptible to sunburns. – Who knew?
Know the symptoms of heatstroke. When pets are exposed to hot temperatures, dehydrated, overexerted, or a combination of the three – they’re extremely susceptible to heat exhaustion or stroke. Heatstroke can lead to brain and organ damage, heart failure, and death. Short-nosed and thick-coated breeds, puppies, and elders with respiratory health issues are the most commonly affected.
- Hard Panting
- Rapid Heartbeat
- Dazed Look
- Dark Red/Purple Gums
What to do if you notice these symptoms:
- Move your pet into a shady spot or an air conditioned area.
- Apply cold packs to the head, neck, and belly areas.
- Submerge your pet’s body in cool (not cold) water.
- Provide cool water to drink.
- See a veterinarian as soon as possible.
Cool vests are a great solution to keeping your pet safe in the heat. These special vests provide a protective barrier from the sun’s hot rays, and also wicks away moisture to keep pets cool and dry! As the moisture evaporates from the vest, the heat travels away with it – providing the same experience as wearing a wet tee shirt in the summertime! There are a multitude of different types of vests available – some even have sleeves to insert chilled cooling packs! – Check out how much cooler the core area of the dog wearing the vest is!