Summer months heat things up
Summer is a great time for all sorts of activities with your yorkies. But remember it’s important to keep them cool and hydrated.
What are the main predisposing factors for Heatstroke?
Help your best friend keep their cool and enjoy Summer with a bit of knowledge and a backup plan. As long as you take into consideration the following rules, both you and your pet can enjoy the Summer safely:
- Have a cool, well-ventilated space for your pet. Good ventilation is critical because many animals lose heat by panting (evaporative cooling) which relies on good airflow. Outdoor pets should also always have access to shade.
- All pets should have access to plenty of fresh clean drinking water at all times.
- Never leave your pet in a car as temperatures rise extremely quickly even on mild temperature days and can kill pets rapidly.
- Avoid exercising animals in hot weather.
- Avoid hot sand, concrete, asphalt areas or any other areas where heat is reflected and there is no access to shade.
What Would It Feel Like For Your Yorkie In A Car In the Heat!
Each year there are more stories about dogs and other pets dying because they have been left in a parked cat during the hot summer weather.
So many things contribute to this:
- You honestly think you will just be a minute
- You don’t realize how quickly the temperature rises inside a car
- You don’t understand that 20 minutes could cost your dog’s health or life
Take a moment to watch this video.
It was done by a vet who sat in a car. He shows the time and the temperature as minutes go by and describes how he feels in the growing heat. Your pets don’t have the option to open the door and get out when the heat gets overwhelming.
Please leave your fur-babies at home in the heat.