Here we go again…Every summer, earlier and earlier, we deal with hot weather concerns. With the temperatures rising, and the Texas power grid in a precarious situation, please prioritize hot weather safety for dogs and cats as well as yourself. We’ve already had our upstairs air conditioner go out. And what’s uncomfortable for people could become downright dangerous or deadly for pets. I write about hot weather safety for pets each year. This time, I figured a roundup of articles offered the best resource to keep hot dogs chilly, and cool cats safe.
Pets And Sunburn
Yes, dogs and cats can suffer from sunburn. While fur protects most of the body, the thinly furred regions risk injury. Tips of the ears, bridge of the nose, and the tummy (for dogs who sunbathe on their back) tend to suffer the most injury. Pets like Sphynx cats and the Xolo dogs or other “hairless” breeds post the highest risk. Learn more about pets and sunburn, and what you can do to protect your pets from sunburn here.
Pets And Heatstroke
When your dog or cat can’t cool off, heatstroke results. A pets’ normal body temperature ranges between 99-102.5 degrees F. Dogs cool off through panting, while cats groom themselves so the saliva evaporates off the fur to cool them. But when the outside temperature equals or exceeds the pet body temperature, these functions don’t work and your dog and cat quickly overheat. Learn more about pets and heatstroke, and how to protect your cats and dogs–and save lives with pet first aid–in this post about heatstroke.
When the temperature rises, and pets don’t have enough fresh water to drink, they can become dehydrated very easily. Learn about the causes, symptoms, and first aid tips for pet dehydration here. And for fun, here’s a post on the mechanics of how pets drink.
Pad Burns, Water Intoxication, and More!
If the pavement burns YOUR bare feet, imagine what it feels like to your dog or cat paws. Even bare packed dirt, or the sand on the beach, can be dangerous during high temperatures.
Of course, we want to keep water always available to our pets during hot weather. Cats tend to not drink enough water. But dogs may drink too much water, especially after excercise in hot weather. Learn more about these hot weather dangers in this blog post.
Safe Hot Weather Games
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Amy Shojai, CABC is a certified cat & dog behavior consultant, a consultant to the pet industry, and the award-winning author of 35+ pet-centric books and Thrillers with Bite! Oh, and she loves bling!