Summer Pet Safety: How to Keep Your Pet Cool and Hydrated During the Summer Months

Summer Pet Safety: How to Keep Your Pet Cool and Hydrated During the Summer Months

Summer is the perfect time for outdoor activities, but it's also a season that poses many risks for your pets. The hot weather can cause dehydration, heat exhaustion, and even heat stroke if proper precautions aren't taken.

At Ridgeline Veterinary Clinic located in Cathedral City, California, we want to make sure that all pet owners are equipped with the knowledge they need to keep their furry friends safe during the summer months.

Here are some tips to keep your pet cool and hydrated during the summer:

  1. Provide plenty of fresh water: Make sure your pet has access to clean and fresh water at all times. Consider adding ice cubes to their water bowl to keep it cool and encourage them to drink more. You can also invest in a pet-friendly water fountain to keep the water circulating and cooler.
  2. Limit outdoor activities: During the hottest hours of the day, it's best to keep your pet indoors. If you must take them outside, make sure to provide plenty of shade and water. Also, avoid asphalt and concrete surfaces, which can burn your pet's paws.
  3. Provide shade: If your pet is going to be outside for an extended period, make sure they have a shaded area to rest in. This could be a tree, an umbrella, or a pet-friendly shade structure.
  4. Avoid leaving your pet in a parked car: A parked car can quickly become a furnace, even with the windows slightly open. If you need to bring your pet with you in the car, make sure to keep the air conditioning on and provide plenty of water.
  5. Give your pet a cool place to rest: Provide a cool and comfortable place for your pet to rest, such as a tile or hardwood floor. You can also use a cooling pad or a wet towel to help regulate their body temperature.
  6. Watch for signs of heat exhaustion: If you notice that your pet is panting excessively, has a rapid heartbeat, is unsteady on their feet, or is vomiting, they may be suffering from heat exhaustion. Move them to a cool and shady area, provide water, and contact your veterinarian immediately.
  7. Trim your pet's fur: If your pet has a thick coat, consider giving them a trim to help them stay cool. Be sure not to trim too close to the skin, as this can increase their risk of sunburn.

By following these tips, you can help keep your pet safe and comfortable during the summer months. If you have any concerns about your pet's health, or if you notice any signs of heat exhaustion, don't hesitate to contact us at Ridgeline Veterinary Clinic located at 68100 Ramon Road Suite A7/8 Cathedral City, CA 92234.

Our team of experienced veterinarians is always here to help. You can visit us at 68100 Ramon Road Suite A7/8 Cathedral City, CA 92234 call us at (760) 507-1500.