Summer Safety Tips from Orlando Pet Sitter
Some might argue that every season is summer in Orlando, Florida. Yes, we have wonderful weather year round but the summer sun can be brutal for Florida residents and their furry family members, especially if they don’t know how to handle it! At Pawsitive Strides, we’re always looking for ways to educate our human clients on how to keep their pets safe and seasonal safety is no exception! Read on to learn how you can keep your pets safe and help them beat the heat!
It is imperative to watch your pet for signs of heat stroke.
Here’s what to look for:
- Excessive panting
- Glazed eyes
- Bright red gums
- Temperature of 104 degrees
- Excessive thirst
- Excessive drooling
- Increased pulse or heartbeat
Keep your pet safe from heat stroke!
Keep your pets out of the sun. DO NOT leave them in your car. Not even for a moment. The
internal temperature inside your car can rise extremely high and quickly- EVEN with the window open. This extreme heat can cause damage to your pet’s internal organs, brain damage and even death.
Keep your pet COOL.
- Always have plenty of cool water available.
- Don’t forget the ice cubes. You can put them in your pet’s water bowl or just give him a few pieces to lick after he’s been out in the sun.
- Do not leave your pet’s metal water bowl in the sun. The water heats up way too fast (just like your car).
- Provide your pet with a shady refuge at all times while he’s outside.
- Keep your pet indoors with the air conditioning and fans on.
- Walk your pet in the early morning or evening hours. Keep mid-day sun exposure to a minimum.
- Avoid walking your dog on the pavement. If the pavement is too hot for you to walk barefoot, then it’s too hot for your pet.
- Spray your pet off with the hose or allow him to splash around in a kiddie pool or sprinkler.
If your pet exhibits any signs of heat stroke, cool him off by letting him lick ice cubes or drink small amounts of water. If your pet is not responding, check to see if he’s breathing and check to see if his heart is beating. Notify your vet immediately. They will assist you on the phone. They will suggest that you apply a cold compress to his neck and head as well as behind and under his front and back legs. Try placing him in front of a fan as that will cool him down quicker. Remember, cooling a dog’s temperature below 104 degrees too quickly could produce a body temperature that is too low. Take your pet to the vet as soon as it is safe to do so.
Now over to you. Have you ever had a pet suffer from heat stroke? What did you do? Or, have you ever helped a dog who was left in a hot car by someone? How did you help?