Summer is in full swing, and so are the hot temperatures! It is important to not only protect yourself but your canine pal from the heat. Here are some tail-wagging tips to help your pet stay cool during the summer months.
- Make sure your pet has plenty of shade and water throughout the day! Did you know that Jones Park and the Dog Park at Sugg Farm have dog bowls built into the water fountains? If you forget water at home, this is the perfect way for your dog to get a refreshing drink while out and about!
- Take advantage of cooler temperatures! Plan to exercise earlier or later in the day, and be mindful of pavement temperatures. "If you’re out with your pets, remember that they do not have shoes,” said Holly Springs Fire & Life Safety Educator Joe Harasti. “If you cannot keep your hand on the pavement, it is too hot for your pets."
- Never leave your pet in a parked car – not even with the air conditioner on or the car running. According to the Humane Society, "dogs' temperatures should not reach over 104 degrees. The temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees."
- Know the warning signs! Keep an eye on your pooch pal for signs of a heatstroke! Symptoms may include difficulty breathing, glazed eyes, profuse salivation, a rapid heartbeat, dizziness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, and lack of coordination.
- Take action immediately! If your pet is suffering from heatstroke, take action immediately! Move them to an air-conditioned location or shade and give them small amounts of cool water or ice cubes to lick. You can also apply a cold towel or ice pack, but contact your local veterinarian for an emergency visit.
Now you're prepared to spend some quality time with your pup checking out the local dog park or walking on the greenway.