Furry Friends: How Heat Impacts Your Pets

We often consider our pets to be part of our family, and like us, our pets are impacted by the weather, especially heat. Unlike humans, our pets’ bodies process heat differently. In this blog, we’ll explore how to keep your pet cool and comfortable this summer.

Heat and Your Pet’s Body

As humans, we sweat to help our bodies manage excess heat and cool off, but this is not the case for dogs and cats. Both dogs and cats only sweat a small amount, and this is done through their paws. Cats also “sweat” through their coats. During the summer, cats tend to lick their coats more because their saliva evaporates and provides a cooling effect similar to the way sweat cools humans. While people are able to sit in front of a fan and drink ice water to cool down,

Signs of Overheating in Dogs

Early signs of overheating include excessive panting and lethargy. At this stage, you should get your dog out of the heat and hydrated with cool water. You should not give your dog ice cold water or ice because this can create a rapid drop in internal body temperature and lead to shock. You can also give your dog a cool bath or let him sit in a body of water (pool, lake, etc.) to cool off. More severe signs of overheating are collapsing, vomiting and diarrhea. You should call your veterinarian immediately if your dog exhibits these symptoms.

Signs of Overheating in Cats

Your cat may be overheated if she begins breathing rapidly, pants excessively, staggers or struggles to find comfort. You can help cool her down by providing plenty of water and a cool, dark place for her to rest. You can also place a cool, damp cloth on her belly. If this does not help your cat, contact your veterinarian immediately for treatment.

Whether you are inside or outside, you should always provide plenty of fresh water for your pets and limit excess activity on hot days. When providing your pet with overheating solutions, aim for COOL instead of cold, which can lead to shock. Remember that increased humidity on hot days can also accelerate overheating in pets.

When summer temperatures peak, sometimes providing a shaded area for your pet is not enough, and they will need to seek refuge in cooler indoor temperatures. The ideal indoor temperature for your pet is between 69 ℉ and 78 ℉. At 72 Degrees Air Conditioning & Heating, we care deeply about your comfort and the comfort of your pets inside your home. Our experienced team is ready to provide you with excellent service and make sure your air conditioning runs efficiently all year long. We even provide emergency services 24/7! Call us today at (830) 302-3140 to schedule an appointment.