This is such an important topic for our pets in the summer heat…cats, dogs, small furry pets, even our fish tank dwellers… that I am reposting a chart from last summer on our pets in the heat from Healthy Pets NW about leaving pets in your vehicle in hot weather.
Take a look at “No Power?” for extra cold times.
Aside from the dangers of leaving a pet in your vehicle in hot weather, I want to mention the importance of having cool water available whether you are traveling or at home. There are inexpensive pet travel bowls available as well as paw protection on hot asphalt at retail pet stores. Remember to change their water on particularly hot days when you are home. That goes for your pet birds as well and it might be a good time to let them try a ‘bird bath’ dip.
If you take your pet to summer events, like festivals or outdoor markets, please do carry water with you and a utensil for your pet to use.
You can take the earlier and cooler morning walk times for your pets to avoid the worst for your pets in the summer heat or walk later in the day. Another good alternative for paw protection is to stay in grassy areas of a park or dog park.
If you have a fish tank, in really hot times, I disconnect the tank heater. Normally their tank heat, at least for a small tank, will only be 4 degrees cooler than your room temperature. For example, I have dwarf African frogs and they need temperatures ranging from 72 to 76 degrees. With no air conditioning your room temps can easily rise to 80 and higher even with fans blowing.
Aside from plastic pools you can fill with water if you have a yard, many manufacturers have ‘cooling’ beds available for your pets in the heat of summer. Check out ‘cooling’ products at your local pet store; you might be surprised at all they offer.
Also check out “How to Care for your Small Aquarium in Hot Weather”.
Pet Food Recall
Pet food recalls happen too often, so remember to check with the FDA.org site or subscribe to the recall notices from Dog Food Advisor.com.
Animal Videos for Fun
Big Geek Daddy shares some fun videos:
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