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How to Keep Your Pets Safe in Heat

Lady on the couch with her pet dog

The summer months can often come with warmer-than-average temperatures in the Ann Arbor area, forcing us to figure out how to keep cool. It’s important to consider how to keep pets safe in heat, as well. Extreme heat can be safe for family pets as well. Here are a few tips on how to keep our furry friends cool. 

Provide A Comfortable Interior Environment 

You and your pets will likely spend more time at home than anywhere else. Make sure that the home environment includes the air conditioner when needed, as well as fans, and proper ventilation. If needed, you can also open windows to create a cross breeze and use floor fans to establish a proper temperature. 

It’s also important to remember that while your family members may leave during the day for work, school, or summer activities, your pets will still be there. Make sure to consider them before deciding to turn off the air conditioner while you’re gone. 

Never Leave Your Pets in a Hot Vehicle

The inside of a parked car in the sunlight can quickly top 120 degrees, even with the windows cracked. That’s far too hot to maintain any level of comfort. Even if you’re just going into the grocery store for a couple minutes, leave your four-legged friends at home, where the temperature is more to their liking. 

Walk Your Pets in The Grass

Concrete and asphalt surfaces can be extremely hot to the touch on a hot and sunny day. Walking across them can burn your pets’ paw pads. It’s important to try and keep their outside time limited to grassy areas to keep them safe. 

Limit Exercise and Outdoor Time

The hot days can be overwhelming for your pet. If they’re clearly panting hard and uncomfortable in the heat, it’s important to limit the outdoor time and help them find comfort as soon as possible. 

Keep Your Pet Hydrated When Outside

If your pet needs significant outside time, it’s important to make sure they stay hydrated through the process. If you’re on a walk, you can bring water and a portable bowl so that they stay hydrated when they need it. 

Understand the Risks and Signs of Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is common for dogs in warmer temperatures. The types of dogs most susceptible include:  

  • Short noses or snouts
  • Overweight pets
  • Thick fur
  • Upper respiratory problems

If your dog has a fast pulse or is unable to get up, it may be suffering from heat stroke. It’s important to try and get them to the vet as quickly as possible to try and avoid any permanent damage. 

Optimize Your Indoor Comfort

As we mentioned above, your pets must have a comfortable indoor environment. Consistent air conditioner use to keep your pets comfortable can also put stress on your unit. Our air conditioner technicians and electricians can help ensure that your HVAC system remains in peak condition for the summer months. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, contact us today! 

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