HOT DOGS & KOOL CATS
Too Much can be deadly for Hot Dogs & Kool Cats
Take care of those Hot Dogs & Kool cats this summer. Be mindful when exercising your pet. As well as adjusting the intensity and duration of exercise to the temperature, on scorching days, limit activity to early morning or evening hours, and being especially careful with pets with white-colored ears, who are more susceptible to skin cancer, and short-nosed pets, who typically have difficulty breathing. Asphalt gets especially hot and can burn your pet’s paws. Therefore, walk your dog on the grass if possible. Always carry water with you to keep your dog from dehydrating.
Fans may not be enough.
Pets respond differently to heat than humans do. (Dogs, for instance, sweat primarily through their feet.) For one thing, fans don’t cool off pets as effectively as they do people. If leaving pets indoors, keep your cooling system around 76 -78 degrees. Not only should you make sure they have constant access to fresh water and place a fan in their favorite resting area. Cooling mats are also a good idea (Amazon has plenty to choose from).
Shade & Water for outside.
Any time your pet is outside, make sure they have protection from heat and sun and plenty of fresh, cold water. In heat waves, add ice to water when possible. Tree shade and tarps are ideal especially since they don’t obstruct airflow. A doghouse does not provide relief from heat it makes it worse.
Watch for signs of HeatStroke
Extreme temperatures can cause heatstroke. Some signs of heatstroke are heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness.
Animals are at particular risk for heat stroke if they are very old, very young, overweight, not conditioned to prolonged exercise, or have heart or respiratory disease. For example, some breeds of dogs—such as boxers, pugs, shih tzus, and other dogs and cats with short muzzles—will have a much harder time breathing in extreme heat. The Humane Society has more info on this topic.
Call us if your system is not maintaining your desired temperature.
If your car is running hot, you take it to a mechanic. Likewise, if your home is not maintaining a comfortable temperature, we come to you. Maintaining 76- 78 degrees within the home will ensure your comfort, and your pet’s comfort too. It will also cut those dreaded bills down. Call AC Dave Heating & Air today to schedule your Summer Maintenance. Call: 661 270 1961 and our professional office team is standing by to help you.