With the summer temperatures rising, the risk of your four-legged family member suffering from poor heat safety is also rising. Whether you’re lucky enough to live where summer temperatures stay below 90º, or if you’re a Texas resident like the PrideBites team, where temperatures reach triple digits, heat safety is always something to be cautious of.
While all dogs love W-A-L-Ks, make sure to also consider the H-E-A-T. Asphalt, being dark and uncovered, can become a commonly overlooked heat hazard for your pup’s paw pads. There are multiple ways in which you can beat the asphalt heat:
Check the temperature of your dog’s paws with your hand every now and again—they should always remain cool to the touch if the asphalt is at a safe temperature
Place the back of your hand on the ground for five seconds, if it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog
Walk your dog early in the morning or after the sun has set to beat the prime-time heat hours
Take your dog out on the grass where there is no asphalt or concrete
Our team loves seeing pets accompany their owners in running errands, but leaving them in the car for any period of time is a huge hazard to their safety. While it may be the perfect temperature outside, the temperature inside of a car can skyrocket within ten minutes. Unlike humans, our pets can’t sweat, so they suffer far more than humans do when dealing with heat. AAA states that the best cure for heatstroke is prevention, meaning if you can’t bring you pet inside with you, then leaving them at home is the safest option. If you happen to see an animal trapped inside of a hot car, here are some tips to consider:
Symptoms of heat exhaustion include drooling, panting, pacing back and forth, lack of coordination, and a rapid pulse
If any of these symptoms are apparent, you should immediately call the store in which the car is parked at, 911, or animal control. Be prepared to give the make and model of the car and stay near the car until help arrives
If you are able to safely remove the pet from inside of the car, pouring cool or lukewarm water over them will help stabilize their body temperature (not ice cold as this will be too sudden of a change, causing shock)
With the heat taking a toll on everyone this year, don’t let it ruin your summer fun. Pick the time of outdoor activities based on temperatures and stay aware of the signs your pet is giving you. Remember, they can’t speak for themselves but PrideBites has a feeling they would rather be left home alone while you run to the store or delay their walk by a couple of hours than be a victim of the heat.