By: Humane The Humane Society of South Mississippi
Your pet always needs fresh cool water, but during hot months the water should be changed out several times a day to ensure coolness. If you are unable to change the water several times a day there are alternative methods of providing fresh water such as hooking a special water bowl to a constant water supply so each time your pet drinks – fresh, cool water refills the bowl. Plastic bowls stay cooler much longer than aluminum bowls.
Shade is another necessity during hot months too. If there is not one location in your yard that provides shade throughout the day then make sure there are shaded areas available as the sun moves so your pet is able to find a shaded location regardless of time of day.
Additional ideas for keeping your pets cool are:
Kid swimming pools filled with water according to the size of your pet
Pet beds that can be filled with water or pet beds that are raised so that cool breezes can blow under your pet as they rest
Shaving your pet is an option but, please discuss this with your groomer and veterinarian first to ensure that you are doing this properly to keep your pet safe and free from sunburns
Never leave your pets in the car. Temperatures around 85 will quickly soar to 100+ for a pet in a car in the shade with the windows open
Heat exhaustion in pets can be detected by one of the following symptoms: loud, rapid panting, rapid pulse, glazed eyes, excessive salivation, elevated body temperature, excessive whining or agitation, staring, vomiting, and white or bluish gums. Only one of these symptoms has to be present to indicate your pet may be in trouble. In the event of heat exhaustion place your pet in a lukewarm bath in the shade to begin the cooling process. Then contact your vet immediately.
For more information on how to keep you pets cool and safe during hot summer months please contact your veterinarian or call the Humane Society of South Mississippi for more information.