How to Protect Your Furry Friends in Summer Heat

You already know that when the summer heat sets in, you need to take extra precautions to protect yourself from potential dangers. Staying hydrated, wearing sunscreen and staying out of the sun whenever possible are just a few solutions. However, these same principles also apply to protecting our furry friends in the summer heat. As animal lovers and proud supporters of the SPCA of Anne Arundel County, we’ve put together some tips for pet owners to keep your animals safe this summer.

Keep Pets Hydrated

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It’s important to ensure your pets always have access to fresh, clean water any time of the year. But, this is especially important during the hot and humid days of summer. Regularly change out their drinking water so it’s always cold and refreshing. Adding ice to their bowls will help the water stay cooler longer, as well as amuse your pets.

When outside, change the water even more often, as it will become as warm as the air temperature. Drinking hot water could make your pet feel even worse and won’t provide ample relief from the heat. In addition, keep an eye on your animals to ensure that they are not drinking water from the pool, lake, ocean or other sources that may not be clean or germ-free.

Foster Cool Environments

One of the best ways to protect your furry friends in the summer heat is to limit their time outdoors and let them relax in cool places. If your pet has a flat face, is elderly or overweight or experiences health problems, they are more at risk for heat stroke and should be kept in the air conditioning whenever possible.

Keeping pets in cool places is especially pertinent when it comes to traveling. Never leave your animals unattended in the car, even if it’s only for a minute. This is because the temperature increases dramatically in parked cars and can soar to over 100 degrees in just minutes.

In fact, it is illegal in Maryland, and other states, to leave a dog or cat alone in a parked vehicle. The law allows civilians to break into these vehicles without penalty in order to save animals in distress. Whenever you visit Cape Ace Hardware, you can avoid these problems by bringing your pet into our pet-friendly store with you.

Watch for Red Flags

Even if you follow the tips above, there’s no way to be completely certain how your pet will react to the heat. That’s why as a pet owner, one of the best ways to protect your furry friends in the summer heat is to know the signs and symptoms of overheating. These include:

  • Excessive drooling or panting
  • Trouble breathing
  • Weakness
  • Confusion or seemingly in a daze
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Bloody stool or vomit
  • A body temperature of 104 degrees or higher

If you notice any of these red flags, consult your vet right away. Prolonged exposure to heat and overheating can lead to serious health conditions, such as heat stroke and even death.

Find Pet Supplies at Cape Ace

This season, make sure you have all of the necessary products to protect your furry friends from the summer heat. At Cape Ace, we offer a range of pet supplies to help you care for your beloved animals. We carry everything from locally-sourced dog and cat food to water bowls, automatic feeders and more. So, stop by today at 1320 Cape Saint Claire Road in Annapolis. Or, contact us at 410-757-0797 if you have any questions about what we have in stock.