Keeping Your Pets Cool in Hot WeatherPosted: July 1, 2012
Summer weather is one of the best times to get outside and be active with your furry friend. However, you should keep in mind that your pet reacts differently to heat than you do. Here are some things to keep an eye out for during hot weather:
Pre-hot weather grooming
Before the hot summer days arrive, you may want to consider grooming your pet. Your pet obviously has the natural defense of shedding as the heat approaches, but it never hurts to give a quick brushing to get out all the loose hair. This can be true particulary for dogs. Also, if your dog has long hair, you might want to cut it down to an inch long or so. Be sure that you never cut down to your dog’s skin.
Shade and water
If your pet is outside a lot, make sure that it has a shady place to rest, with a supply of clean water. These are very simple but useful steps to help keep your pet cool.
In the car
If it’s hot out side you shouldn’t leave your pets unattended in your vehicle. Cars will heat up quickly in the sun and can far exceed the temperature outside. If you have to bring your pet, make sure that you at least roll down your windows some to keep air circulating within your vehicle, while driving.