No one wants to swelter under the summer sun, and outdoor pets are no exception. It’s just as important to keep them cool in the summer as it is to keep them warm in the winter.
So, what can you do? Read on to learn our top five tips for keeping your outdoor furry friends comfortable all summer long:
Purchase a Raised Bed
Animals can overheat lying on the sun-soaked ground, especially heat-soaking cement, asphalt, and stone surfaces.
If you can’t bring your pet inside, you can provide them with a raised bed to lie on.
There are many options on the market with a wide range of prices. Most raised beds for pets have a steel frame and stretched fabric to create a sort of critter cot. A raised bed will keep them from constant contact with hot surfaces on sweltering summer days.
Shade Is Essential for Pets in the Summer
It might seem obvious, but it’s necessary to provide adequate shade for outdoor pets. Whether it’s an overhang, awning, a doghouse, or trees and bushes, they need a place to retreat to when the sun is high. Placing beds and shelters in the shade will give them extra comfort for afternoon napping.
Provide Plenty of Fresh Water
Dogs and cats are prone to dehydration on scorching summer days. This is uncomfortable for the animal, and can even become dangerous, leading to health problems and even death. It’s vital to provide plenty of cool, fresh water within easy reach of your outdoor pet. Depending on the weather, it may be necessary to change your pet’s water multiple times in one day. Make sure to serve your pet it in a spill-proof bowl, dish, or bucket so they don’t knock it over early and go all day without water.
Kiddie Pools Aren’t Just for Kiddos
What’s better than a dip in a cool pool on a hot day? We humans love it and your dog will love it too. Fill a kiddie pool with cool water in the morning and put it in the yard or their enclosure so your pet can splash around and cool off whenever they get hot.
Frozen Treats for Everyone
Nothing’s better than a cold popsicle on a hot day. Want to keep your furry friends happy and cool? Let them in on the fun by providing frozen treats on hot summer days.
Some ideas include:
- Freeze chicken broth in paper cups or ice cube trays.
- Freeze yogurt mixed with banana in ice cube trays.
- Fill rubber toys with peanut butter and freeze.
- Puree your pet’s favorite foods and pop it in the freezer.
Share treats with your pet throughout the day. Not only will this help keep them cool, it will help keep them entertained.
Let Us Take Care of You While You Take Care of Your Pets
If you’re keeping your pets outdoors because you’re allergic to them, we have a blog for you. Learn how you can reduce the prevalence of these common allergens and bring Fido back indoors.
No matter the season, if you let your pets outdoors, it’s crucial that you monitor them closely on hot days to make sure they’re safe and not overheating. While you take care of your outdoor pets, let Aire Serv® take care of you. Our local technicians are here to help keep your family cool and comfortable all summer long with air conditioning and cooling services. Schedule an appointment online or call 855.259.2280 to learn more.
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