It's that time of year again for sweltering summer heat to hit the state. Texas is nortorious for its high, humid temperatures and as we get into the hottest month of the year, August, now is a great time to make sure your pets aren't feeling the heat either!
Unfortunately,Texas has the highest number of pet related deaths from heat stroke!
However, there are so many great ways to ensure our beloved fur friends stay cool during these hot summer months so that they stay safe.
Lots of dogs love water and pools! Consider a small plastic pool filled with a little water for your fur baby to play in while outside in the backyard. You'd be surprised how many dogs take to the water and really make a sport out of splashing around in it. Plus, it ensures your friend has enough hydration if they're out there for any length of time. Make sure your pet has plenty of shade or cover too if there is a lack of tree coverage in your yard.
For apartment dwellers without yards or nearby dog parks taking your dog for a walk is an ideal way for them to get exercise and work out. However, those sidewalks can get blistering hot during the day. A good measure of whether your fur friend can walk down a sidewalk or not is to hold the back of your bare hand to the pavement. If you can't keep it there for 5 minutes it's too hot to walk your pup on the pavement!
Plus all their fur can overexert your animal on long afternoon walks when temperatures are at their highest.
Fun treat ideas to cool your dog down after playtime is to freeze beef or chicken broth, water with honey, or even yogurt. You can add doggie treats to the frozen concoctions. You can also buy frozen dog ice cream treats too for a tasty flavor filled treat for your pet as well.
Dallas is well-known for having dog lovers take their animals everywhere! While it can be a nice outing for the dog to get out of the house while owners eat and socialize on patios, it's an entirely different matter when owners leave their dogs in hot cars. Even on a mild day outside,when temperatures hover around 70 degrees it can reach a sweltering 89 degrees in your car in a matter of 10 minutes. In 30 minutes it's already 104!! During the summer 94 degrees is considered "decent" during our heatwave weather. On a 94 degree day it can reach as hot as 114 degrees in a matter of only 10 minutes! Even with the windows "cracked" or lower the temperature still reaches unmanagable heat levels intolorable to any animal. If you can't do it, the animal can't either!
PLEASE DON'T EVER LEAVE AN ANIMAL IN A CAR WITHOUT THE A/C RUNNING!
It's a sure way to put them at a dangerous risk of heat stroke, coma, or death.
As the summer temperatures swell and vault into the typical triple degree heat, have fun with your pets this summer and help keep them cool and hydrated too!
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