Because we live in Indiana, there really isn’t a “Spring.” We have lots of rain, then sun, then rain, then suddenly – it’s summer.

Even though summer temperatures are predictable for we humans, they can be very uncomfortable for our pets. So when temperatures soar, take appropriate steps to protect your pet.

Here’s how to keep your furry best friend safe, from your two-legged friends at RoseLake Estates:

  • Keep your house cool. When your pet is home alone, make sure s/he can truly chill. Leave the air conditioner on and close the drapes. If you don’t have AC, open the windows and turn on a fan. Leave plenty of water out for drinking.
  • Never-ever-ever leave your pet in a parked car. Even five minutes is too long. Temperatures inside a closed car, or even one with the windows cracked, can soar within a very few minutes. On an 85-degree day, for example, it can reach 102 F within 10 minutes — and that’s with a window cracked. After 30 minutes, it will 120, and that will leave your pet with permanent damage. Leave your dog at home, or go places where s/he can come with you.
  • Never-ever-ever leave your pet on a tether or a chain outside in hot weather. Not only is it a crime to leave an animal chained in a yard alone, it is also cruel. If the police are called, you will get fined and your pet may be taken by animal control.
  • Limit walk times on hot or humid days. Take walks in the cooler part of the day, in the early morning and evening hours. If your pet is a senior, be very cautious about walks in temperatures over 80 degrees. Carry water for drinks and stop in the shade multiple times. Pets need twice as much hydration when it’s hot and humid.
  • Check the asphalt. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your pet’s paw pads. Walk on the grass and stay off the asphalt.
  • Offer plenty of water and shade. Add ice cubes to your pet’s water outside and inside. Trees are better than doghouses for shade. They let air flow through. Doghouses can trap the heat and make it worse. Think about a kiddie pool or a sprinkler to help your pal cool off in the yard.
  • Humidity can be lethal, too. When the air is full of moisture, your pet may not be able to pant enough to cool himself off. That can raise his temperature, which can lead to heatstroke. Stay inside, and limit exercise.

Watch for signs of overheating, which can have any or all of these symptoms:

  • Heavy panting
  • Heavy drooling
  • Trouble breathing
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dark or red gums and tongue
  • Dizziness
  • Weakness
  • Agitation

If you see any signs, get him to the vet right away.

Stay on top of grooming. If your dog has long hair, get rid of any mats and tangles. Believe it or not, fur that keeps your pet warm in winter may also keep him cool in summer.

Stay up to date on vaccinations.  Parvo virus spreads quickly in hot weather. Summer is high season for fleas, too, which spread many diseases, and mosquitoes, which carry heart worm.

We love our pet families at Rose Lake Estates. Let’s keep them all healthy and safe.

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