Due to the heat, living in Arizona comes with its own challenges for pet owners. With temperatures already reaching above 100 degrees, it's important to remember our animal friends. After all, they can't take off their fur coats! Below are a few tips from Noe's Ark Staff for keeping safe during the sweltering summer.
- Overheating/Heat Stroke are very serious risks for our furry companions. Dogs and cats are only able to sweat through the pads of their feet, unlike humans. Instead, they rely mostly on panting to regulate their body temperature when it's hot, so it's even more important that they have ways to stay cool. And remember, shorter nosed breeds like our pug friends, are at even higher risk for heat related illness.
- If your pet must be kept outside, make sure they have plenty of shade and a lot of fresh water. Not only is it safe, but it's required by law. Better yet, keep them inside where they can stay cool with air conditioning!
- NEVER leave your pet unattended in the car. The interior temperature of a car can reach over 140 degrees in a matter of minutes! Leaving the windows cracked isn't enough. If you can't take your pet with you when you leave the car, don't take your pet in the car.
- Always check the temperature of pavement before letting your dog walk on it. They don't wear shoes to protect their feet like we do. If it's too hot for you to touch with your hand for 10 seconds, it's too hot for your dog to walk on.
- Warmer weather goes hand in hand with outdoor activities. If you enjoy hiking with your dog, be sure to bring water for them and keep the hikes short. We always see cases of limping following long hikes due to trauma to the pads. If you will be hiking longer distances, be sure to use booties to protect your best friend's paws!
- Water safety: It's great to cool off in the pool, and even better if Fido joins in. But just like children, we need to watch our pets around water. Make sure they know how to enter and exit the pool on their own, and if your pool is fenced, be sure to keep the gate closed unless you can supervise them.
- Summer Treats: Add ice cubes to your pets water bowl for a cool, refreshing treat. Also, our dogs love watermelon (avoid the seeds) and cold carrots. They are low calorie and easy to share, making them healthy options for both us and our best friends. For any other treats, please feel free to call us and check for safety before indulging your pet.