There are so many fun things to embrace over the summer. Beach time, playing frisbee, going hiking, swimming, or biking. Enjoying the longer days is important and a great idea. Bringing your pet along is even more fun also. There are times, however, that it could be more difficult or even dangerous for your pet, especially here in Gilbert where the temperature is regularly over 100 degrees. Here at East Valley Animal Hospital, located in Gilbert Arizona, we want the best health for your pet, and to ensure you have a fun filled summer. It’s good to look at the effects of summer on your pets.

How to Tell If It’s Too Hot

Pets with pads on their feet may struggle more than you realize in the summer. As pets, they aim to please and are unable to tell you when the surface they are on is too hot. A great way to test it is to put your palm or the back of your hand on the surface you are on. Leave your hand there for five seconds, and if it is too hot for you, then it will be too hot for pets with padded feet.

How to Help Your Pet

It is best to avoid running or walking with your pet during the hottest parts of the day. The asphalt, concrete and sand heat up quicker than you realize. To avoid burning the bottom of your pets feet, exercise during the cooler part of the day. If possible, run or exercise with your pet on grass. The grass is a lot cooler and safer for their paws. Another way to help your animal, is to get booties for their feet or paw wax.

Quick Cool Downs for Your Pet

There are some ways to quickly cool down your pet if you feel like they may start to be overheating. It is important to pay attention and to get them cool. Ways to do so include:

  • Removing them from the hot environment as soon as you can.
  • Put them in the shower using cold water, and allowing the tub to fill as you shower them.
  • Use the garden hose or a kiddie pool if that is more possible and practical, ensuring to wet the back of the head and neck.
  • Apply a cold pack to the pets head.
  • Get them to drink as much cold water as you can.
  • Massaging the legs of your pet can increase their circulation and allow their bodies to regulate itself.

To not have the scare of an overheated pet, there are various ways to keep your animal cool and healthy.

East Valley Animal Hospital has sadly seen pets overheated way more than needed. For a great summer, be mindful, aware, and ensure your pet has shade and water at all times.

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