By Staff Reports
(Hesperia)– The summer months can be uncomfortable – even dangerous – for pets and people. It’s difficult enough simply to cope with rising temperatures, let alone thick humidity, but things really get tough in areas that are hit with the double blow of intense heat and storm-caused power outages, sometimes with tragic results.
We can help you keep your pets safe and cool this summer. Follow our tips for helping everyone in your family stay healthy and comfortable when the heat is on (and even if the power isn’t).
These tips will help to keep pets out of harm’s way:
- Limit exercise on hot days (limit to early morning or evening hours only);
- Keep pets away from asphalt, which heats up in the summer sun;
- Provide ample shade and water at all times;
- Watch for signs of heatstroke, which include heaving, panting, glazed eyes, dizziness, and vomiting. Very young and elderly pets are particularly susceptible to heatstroke;
- Never leave a pet in a parked car, not even momentarily;
- Watch the humidity. Animals pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves and their temperature will skyrocket to dangerous levels;
- Cool your pet inside and out. Whip up a batch of quick an easy DIY peanut butter popsicles for dogs (or another favorite food). Provide your pets with a cooling body wrap, best or mat by soaking these products in cool water. You can also purchase a mobile, indoor pool for pets to keep them cool while having fun!