How to Keep Your Pets Cool During Summer

How to Keep Your Pets Cool During Summer

Friday, 26 July 2019 11:34

Weather is one of the many reasons new residents are moving Asheville every year. The highest elevation of any city of its size east of the Mississippi, Asheville features some of the coolest temperatures of any southern city. Nevertheless, on average we still experience high temperatures in the 90’s about ten times each summer. When the heat is on, it is important to make sure your pets stay cool and comfortable.

In this article, we are discussing seven ways to help your pets stay cool during the hottest parts of summer.

1) Exercise in the Cool of the Day

Even though the mercury does rise above 90-degrees in Asheville, low temperatures rarely remain above 70. Additionally, being 2000-feet above sea level helps reduce humidity, especially in the mornings and evenings. If your pet spends time exercising outdoors, take them out while temperatures are the coolest.

2) Provide Extra Shade and Water

If your dog or other pets will spend time outside during the day, make sure they have extra shade and plenty of cool fresh water. Pocket pets like guinea pigs and rabbits should spend most the day inside, and owners pay close attention to short nose dog breeds, including:

  • Pugs
  • Bulldogs
  • Boxers
  • Boston Terriers

3) Avoid Hot Cars

When a vehicle is parked with the engine off, temperatures can soar to well over 100-degrees in a matter of minutes even in the shade. This could prove deadly for your pets, regardless of their overall health conditions. If your pets are traveling with you, either leave the air conditioning running or bring them inside.

4) Watch for Signs of Heat Stroke

Since your dog, cat, or pocket pet is unable to tell you when they are too hot, it is vital you watch for the signs of heatstroke. Signs include:

  • Excessive panting
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Confused and unusual behavior
  • Seizures
  • Gums and tongue are redder than usual
  • Refusal to walk or move
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Weakness

If you are too hot outside, chances are your pets are too hot as well. If your pets exhibit the signs of heatstroke, give us a call to help determine whether it is time to bring them to our animal hospital.

5) Protect Their Feet on Hot Surfaces

If you are walking your dog, make sure you avoid hot surfaces such as sun-drenched white sand, concrete, and asphalt. If you must walk them on surfaces susceptible to heat, the morning before the sun is high is the best time. Asphalt may hold its heat well into the late afternoon and early evening on, especially warm and sunny days. You may also provide your dog with covers for its paws.

6) Take Precautions When Hiking

Hiking with dogs is an Asheville pastime. Depending on where your hike, the forests, and mountains could be significantly cooler than the valleys. Nevertheless, you will need to take precautions to reduce the chances of heatstroke.

  • Know the expected temperatures where you are hiking.
  • Avoid sunny hikes, especially those around large rocks. On the hottest day, you may choose a waterfall hike over the bedrock boulders in Dupont.
  • Bring plenty of fresh water for you and your dog.
  • Do not let your dog drink muddy, stagnant water.
  • Know your dog’s physical limits. Do not hike farther than you’re willing to carry them back.
  • Keep your dog on a leash. Most trails require dogs to be leashed, and your furry friend will be less likely to run and chase birds and rodents.
  • Stay alert to changing weather conditions.
  • Watch out for snakes.

7) Ask Your Veterinarian

If you have any question at all about whether your pets are too hot, do not hesitate to contact Avery Creek Pet Hospital. We are your trusted veterinarians in the Asheville area. We are familiar with the weather here and how it affects your pets. Schedule a wellness checkup for your dog, cat, or pocket pet today.