As you know, the summer sun can be rather powerful — and if you’re feeling hot and uncomfortable, so is the most important member of your family: your pet. Unlike humans, cats and dogs can't naturally lower their body temperatures by sweating. This means that you will have to make extra accommodations to help keep them safe, all in an effort to beat the heat.
Here are a few of our favorite tips to keep your pets cool and safe this summer.
Limit Time Outdoors
If your pet tends to spend most of their time in the yard, bring them indoors during the hottest points of the day. Typically, temperatures are at their highest between 10 A.M. and 4 P.M — which can also make the pavement extremely hot and dangerous for your pet's paws. To combat this, make time for walks and exercise in the evening!
Buy Summer Pet Gear
Pop-up pet canopies and cooling pads offer pets a safe space to relax and lower their body temperatures when spending some time outdoors. In addition to these helpful cooling aids, when it’s time for your little buddy to come inside, you can also place some of their toys in the kitchen, since a tile floor will be another great way to help keep your fur baby feeling as cool as can be.
Water is Essential
One of the most important ways to help keep your pet cool is to keep them hydrated. Believe it or not, many pets can quickly experience heat stroke or dehydration, which is fatal to their well-being. Even if you’re on a walk with your fur baby, make sure to bring a bottle of water with you to help them quench their thirst.
Short is Not the Way to Go
Super short haircuts might seem like the best way to keep fluffy four-legged friends cooler in the summer, but long coats can actually prevent sunburn and help transfer heat from their body. Instead of cutting their fur, brush your little buddy daily to thin out their summer coat and remove any winter fur that is trapped underneath.
Need a Plumber this Summer?
It’s important to make sure that all members of your family have access to cool water this summer. Whether you need assistance with outdoor or indoor plumbing, our team is always ready to help! Visit our website to learn more about the services that we offer here at Pipe Wrench Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc., or call (865) 518-7008 to speak with a representative directly!