Here in Florida the weather is rarely cold. In my personal opinion there are a few days each winter that are warm, and the rest of the year goes from hot to hotter. Thank goodness for AC!
As a human, I can choose to stay inside in the air conditioning. I can go to the beach and mosey around in sandals. It's not quite that easy for pets. They are at our mercy. Luckily, it's easy for us to make summer better for them.
Asphalt becomes hot, and pets walk barefoot. Press your palm against the asphalt and keep it there for at least five seconds. If it's too hot for you to do this, it's too hot for your pets to walk on.
Cars also grow hot quickly. It's easy to think "it's not all that warm" but both pets and children are sensitive to heat. They will die if left alone in the car. On a hot day, the interior of a car reaches 120 F in a matter of minutes.
If your pet is outside in the yard, make sure there's shade and plenty of fresh water. Best is to make sure they stay inside, in the AC, during the day.
Petfinder.com has an information campaign right now on how to best care for our furry friends in the summer heat. When they point out that more pets are lost on 4th of July than on any other day of the year it makes sense, but I wouldn't have thought of it myself.
Here are a couple of the infographics Petfinder has available on their website. Spread the word!
Let's all stay safe and happy, and have a great July 4th!
~ Maria Sadowski