Keeping Your Pet Cool During Summer Heat Advisories

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As much as we love soaking up the summer sun, it's crucial to keep our furry friends safe when there is a heat advisory. Don't worry; we've got your back (and your pup's, too)! The Woofie's team has put together some summer pet safety tips to help your pets beat the heat and stay cool as a cucumber.

Hydration Station

Make sure your pet always has plenty of fresh, clean water to quench their thirst. Try adding some ice cubes to their bowl for an extra refreshing sip! Just remember, no ice baths for your pup – cool or room temperature water is the way to go. And if your furry friend is crate-bound, double-check that they have access to cool water before tucking them in.

Shady Business

When the sun's blazing, your pet needs a cool retreat. Set up some shady spots in your yard or provide a cozy doghouse or covered porch for them to chill out in. Think of it as their very own pet paradise!

Take It Easy

Midday workouts? No thank you! Save the strenuous exercise for cooler times like early morning or evening. Your pet will thank you for the extra Z's and the chance to avoid the scorching sun.

No Hot Car Zone

We know you'd never leave your pet in a hot car, but it's worth a reminder. Even with the windows cracked, a parked car can quickly become a furnace. Even if the temperature outside is only 70 degrees, the temperature inside your car can reach 90 degrees! So, always take your furry friend with you or leave them safely at home.

Paw Protection

Hot pavement? Yikes! If you can't hold your hand on the surface for five seconds, it's too hot for your pup's delicate paws. At just 77°F outside, pavement can reach a scorching 120°F. Stick to grass or concrete for your walks or invest in some snazzy paw protectors.

Chill Out

Treat your pet to some cool amenities like a damp towel to lounge on or a kiddie pool for a refreshing splash. Indoor pets will appreciate the breeze from a fan or the comfort of air conditioning. And for the ultimate in pet luxury, consider a cooling vest for those summer strolls.

Heatstroke Help

Keep an eye out for signs of heatstroke like excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, and vomiting. If you spot these red flags, get your pet to the vet ASAP.

Grooming Goals

Regular grooming helps your pet regulate their body temperature. A pet's coat also provides insulation against the heat and protection from sunburn, so avoid the urge to give them a summer buzz cut. Double-coated dogs should never be shaved.

Bonus Tip

Be cautious when providing water/food too soon before or after exercise to avoid bloat, which can be fatal. Give breaks after eating or drinking and allow for rest when drinking following exercise.

Your Woofie's team is always here to help keep your pets safe and happy! You can sign up for our Woof Pack Loyalty Program to get on a regular grooming schedule, so your pet is summer ready. Find your nearest location and let's make this a summer to remember for all the right reasons. Stay cool, pet lovers!