Summer Heat Safety for Pets: Best Practices Inside and Outdoors

A hot dog drinking water.

The temperatures are kicking into high gear, and in our neck of the woods, that means seeking shade, a cool dip in the pool, or an ice cold treat. What does it mean for our pets, though?

Rocklin Ranch Veterinary Hospital is revisiting summer heat safety for pets, and we have a few tips for best practices indoors, as well as when outside. Plus, a few bonus recipes for yummy summer pet treats that won’t add inches to your pet’s waistline. This is going to be fun!

First Thing’s First

First, a bit of awareness: pets don’t sweat the way we do to dissipate excess heat. It’s important not to let them get overheated in the first place. Dogs and cats have fur coats to boot, so taking precautions on warm days is definitely in order. When it’s hot outside for you, it’s even hotter for your pets.  


Heatstroke in Pets: Still on the Rise?

Smiling labrador dogResponsible pet owners understand the meaning of prevention. To be sure, a preventive approach is the cornerstone of your pet’s health and wellness. Beyond adhering to recommended vaccines and parasite prevention, it’s crucial to keep your pet cool on hot, humid days. Heatstroke in pets is a real threat, but when you know what to look for, you can do your part to prevent it from happening.

The Biggest Mistake

Parked cars are a huge no-no, but why is that exactly? Even the most devoted pet owner may try leaving Fluffy or Fido in the backseat for a quick minute. After all, you parked in the shade and cracked the window…but the trapped air inside the car can heat up faster than you can make a withdrawal at the bank. Temperatures can skyrocket to triple digits inside a vehicle, endangering the life of an innocent pet. Continue…

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