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How to Keep Your Pets Cool This Summer

Nothing beats spending time outdoors with your furry legged friends this summer but keep in mind, they can overheat and get dehydrated quickly so it's important to take the necessary precautions. Read these tips to keep your pets cool and hydrated this coming season.

Avoid the Heat The pavement gets hot during the summer days which means it can burn the pads of your dog’s paws; walking in excessive heat can also cause them to overheat. To avoid this, walks are best in the early morning or in the evening when the sun goes down. This allows you to enjoy the outdoors with your pet while keeping them safe.

Don’t forget that hydration is key! Always keep water accessible all day long in a spill-proof bowl.

Monitor Panting We don’t have fur coats like our pets so when they hot weather rolls in, pay close attention to their breathing. Panting is how cats and dogs release body heat when it gets hard to stay cool. If you notice your pet’s breathing has increased, move them to a cooler spot in the shade or inside.

Knowing the signs of heat exhaustion in your pet is crucial to prevent an emergency trip to the vet. Here are a few of the most common:

• Dehydration • Heavy Panting • Rapid Heart Rate • Disoriented State

Thermostat Your pets are in the house when you aren’t, and they’re subject to shifts in thermostat settings; they’re domesticated and are used to nice ambient temperatures. You don’t have to leave your AC on high but take into account your furry family members during the hottest days by buying a cooling pad and leaving out fresh water in your home.

Your cooling system plays an important role in the comfort of you and your pet. Make sure your HVAC is in working order by calling 72 Degrees Comfort Company at 515-965-7272 or email us at

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