Cool Pet Tips for Hot Summer Days

All that hair’s got to go somewhere. This time of year, the fur is likely flying in your home.

The end of summer can bring some hot and sultry days, so we’ve put together some tips to keep your pet healthy when the temperature rises.

1. Keep your pet cool and hydrated.
Dogs and cats can suffer from heatstroke and dehydration just like you, so do your best to keep your pet cool and hydrated in high temperatures. For instance, make sure your pet always has plenty of fresh water and leave an air conditioner or fan on if your pet is home alone.

Look out for signs of overheating, like difficulty breathing, weakness, or stupor.  Also, watch for symptoms of dehydration, like sunken eyes, lethargy, or appetite loss. If you notice any problems, call your veterinarian.
2. Exercise your furry friend.
Don’t let summer heat stop you from giving your pet needed exercise. Sedentary pets can put on weight and get bored or frustrated. You can still walk or play outside, but consider limiting outdoor time to mornings or evenings when it’s cooler. You can also play fun indoor games, like chase or fetch.

3. Visit the veterinarian.
Have you taken your pet to the veterinarian this year? The ASPCA recommends an annual visit in the spring or early summer, but it’s not too late. Checkups can help detect health issues early. Also, ask your veterinarian about preventing heartworm, which can be passed to dogs and cats by infected mosquitoes.

Keep in mind that Levels 3 and 4 of our plans cover wellness care, like an annual exam. Also, treatment for heatstroke or dehydration is covered by all of our plans.

Learn about High-Rise Syndrome and find hot weather tips at the ASPCA's website.

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