Summer is synonymous for warmer weather, longer days and time spent lounging outdoors with friends and family. Those of us that are pet owners are likely to want to bring our furry four-legged friends along for the ride. And who could blame us? There’s many Frisbee matches to be held during potential beach trips. There’s also a variety of sticks for your pup to uncover between bushes or rocks while hiking the trails.

But no matter how happy our pets might seem in the sunshine, it’s important to note that extra precaution is needed to ensure their safety as the temperatures rise. Because our pets rely on nonverbal communication, we must look for signs to detect their discomfort. We also need to know our pet’s limits and keep them inside during dangerous heat levels. Not sure what’s considered a dangerous temperature for your pet or are you looking for simple ways to protect you four-legged friend in the heat? We’ve got answers here. Continue reading for solutions.

Keep Their Bowl Filled

It might seem like a no brainer, but hydration is critical for keeping your pet cool.

If you choose to bring your pet with you on outdoor adventures, this might require packing along a traveling drinking bowl and a bottle of water designated just for your furry companion. As soon as they show signs of thirst, pull out the bowl and begin filling. The best way to determine whether your pet needs water is to watch for dry gums and excessive drooling. Symptoms such as these are also a great indicator that it’s time to take your pet into the shade.

Keep Them Cool

You know that amazing feeling you get once you step inside a cool building after being out in the sun? That’s when the sweat bubbles evaporate and your clothes finally stop sticking to your skin.

It turns out our pets love that feeling just as much as we do, so make sure they have access to lots of cold air throughout the warmer months. A nice haircut can also help them feel refreshed, but try not to shave their fur. Your pet’s fur plays an important role in combating the heat and works to prevent painful sunburns.

Cat lounging next to window

Learn Your Pet’s Behavior

As mentioned before, our pets can’t talk. So unless you’ve acquired skills similar to Dr. Doolittle, it’s best to monitor your animal’s behavior to stay aware of warning signs they may be overheating. Symptoms include heavy panting, dry or bright red gums, vomiting or diarrhea. Overheating in dogs typically occurs when their temperature has reached 103-106 degrees. Cats need to head indoors or retreat to a shaded area once their temperature exceeds 105 degrees. 

Next, be mindful of your pet’s paws. While we have shoes to protect our feet, our pets have direct contact with uncomfortably hot surfaces. Walking outside during peak temperature hours not only threatens to burn your pet’s paws but can also increase their body temperature and lead to overheating. A quick tip to prevent harming your four-legged friend’s paws would be to avoid taking them for walks during the hottest point of the day. 

If there is an emergency and you  must take your pet for a walk in the heat, you can keep their paws protected by dipping them in water or running a cool towel across their paw pads.

Never Leave Your Pet In A Car

It seems few things excite our pets more than the opportunity to embark on a trip in the family vehicle. But just like us humans, pets don’t want to sit around in a vehicle after it’s been turned off. And who could blame them? Sitting in a hot car is agonizing, bringing some states to take notice and pass laws that punish pet owners choosing to leave their furry friends in conditions deemed harmful to an animal’s life.

Avoid risking your pet’s life and being subject to a hefty fine–or jail time–by keeping your animal out of hot vehicles.

Dog running on grass with blue soccer ball in mouth

Let Protect America Keep Your Pets Safe Year-Round

While there are solutions for overcoming the potential risks summertime heat may bring, it’s important to develop a safety protocol that lasts year-round. Speak to a security expert today to learn how Protect America’s line of indoor cameras can help you keep an eye on your four-legged friend throughout the year even while you’re away.