Keeping pets safe and cool during summer

For humans, summer time may be one of the most enjoyable seasons throughout the year, but for pets it could be a period where they are more sensitive and prone to behavioral changes as a result of humidity and other factors.

Since most of your pets, especially dogs, do not have sweat glands, they are prone to heat exhaustion and dehydration. If you live in areas with high humidity levels, you may need to consider constantly keeping your pets cool and hydrated.

When you are trying to enjoy the summer sun in Virginia Beach together with family along with pets, you may want to make a quick stop to the nearest Virginia Beach animal hospital to get information about where you can find pet supply stores or veterinary clinics in the area. This will save you time when dealing with emergencies.

Here are some practical and useful tips to help you keep your pets safe and cool during summer.

Make sure your pets are constantly hydrated

Carry enough water around to keep your pets hydrated during high humidity levels. Unlike humans, animals such as dogs do not have sweat glands on the skin in their bodies, except the paws and tongue. They cool off by panting and sweating off their paws, but may not be quick enough to cool down their bodies in a highly humid environment.

Provide adequate shade from the sun

Staying under the sun for longer periods can be risky for pets, so make sure to have adequate shade for your pets. Providing enough shade lets your pets cool off quicker.

Pets with light-colored skin or fur are more sensitive to sunlight and could get sunburn quickly. While the heat of the sun could also cause the asphalt pavement to heat up, which also makes it more painful for animals to walk on.

Exercise during cooler times of the day

Find a time of the day when it is cooler to exercise your pet. This could subject them to less heat and exhaustion. It usually falls during the early mornings or around dusk.

Watch for signs of heat stroke

Watch out for signs of possible heat stroke such as excessive water consumption, heavy panting, and disorientation. These are likely signs of an impending heat stroke so make sure you seek veterinary services right away.