7 Hot Tips for Keeping Pets Cool This SummerI hate those awful, hot, humid days we get on the East Coast, and guess what? So does my dog. Imagine those same hot days while wearing a skin tight fur coat and not being able to sweat - THAT'S what it's like for your dog or cat!
How can you make sure that they have the most comfortable summer ever? Follow these 7 tips for keeping your pets cool and happy during the hot summer months.
Plenty of Access to Water1. Provide plenty of access to water
This is the number one thing you need to do to ensure your pet's happiness and health during the hot weather. Keep water bowls in the house and backyard full and at the ready at all times.
Walk Your Dog in Early Mornings or Evenings2. Walk your dog in the early mornings or evenings
Don't head out with your pet at the hottest part of the day - save your walks for the coolest parts of the day, at the beginning and end. You'll both feel better.
Grooming3. Keep your pet well groomed
If you've got a long-haired pet, consider a haircut to make the summer months more comfortable. But be careful not to go too short! You don't want to have also apply sunscreen.
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Don't Keep Pets in Cars4. Don't leave pets in cars
Unless you are there and the air conditioner is running, your pet should never be in the car. Just no. Never. Not even for a minute. The greenhouse effect could kill them much more quickly than you can possibly imagine.
Be Careful Around Water5. Be careful around water It's best not to leave your pet unattended by the pool, lake or beach. Yes, most animals can swim instinctively, but even so, most don't swim that well. If they are in the water, they need your watchful eye.
Check Window Safety6. Check window safety When you open up the windows during the summer, make sure screens are in place. Cats love to climb up and sit on the window sill, and if your screens aren't properly secured, they could fall.
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Keep Toxic Foods Out of Reach7. Keep pets away from toxic foods
It might seem sweet to take your dog out for your picnic, but if you want to snuggle with your honey, the dog might end up with his head in the picnic basket eating common foods that are toxic to him. See this list of toxic foods for pets for reference.
- By Cecily Kellogg
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