With the hot weather upon us, it is important to take precautions to ensure that our pets stay cool. Let’s discuss some tips on keeping your pet safe during hot weather.

Keep Pets Cool WhirLocal

1. Never Leave Your Pet in The Car

Never leave your pet in the car, even for a short period. The temperature inside a car can rise very quickly, and pets can suffer from heatstroke and die from being left in a hot car.

2. Give Them Plenty of Water

Give your pet plenty of fresh, cool water to drink, especially if they have been playing outside. Pets can quickly become dehydrated in the heat, so ensure they have constant water access.

3. Limit Their Exercise

Avoid walking or exercising your pet during the hottest hours of the day. If you must walk them, make sure to do so in a cool, shady area. Too much activity can lead to heatstroke. And always carry water with you to make sure they don’t overheat.

4. Keep Them Cool

Whether using a cooling mat or setting up a fan, there are many ways to keep your pet cool during hot weather. If you have a long-haired breed, consider giving them a shorter haircut for the summer months. This will help prevent them from getting too hot.

5. Know the Signs of Heatstroke

Heatstroke is a serious condition when your pet is exposed to extreme heat. Symptoms include heavy panting, increased heart rate, lethargy, vomiting, bright red or pale gums, and collapse. If you suspect your pet has heatstroke, immediately move them to a cool area and contact your veterinarian.

6. Apply Pet-Safe Sunblock

You can also use pet-safe sunblock to protect your animal’s skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Be sure to avoid any product that contains zinc oxide, as this can be toxic to pets if ingested.

Following these simple tips can help keep your pet safe and comfortable during the hot summer months. If you have further questions or need more ideas, contact your veterinarian.

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