What You Should Do to Keep Your Pets Safe From the Heat  

Provide Plenty of Water: Ensure your pets have access to fresh, clean water at all times. Hydration is essential for keeping them cool and preventing dehydration. 

Limit Outdoor Activities: Limit your pet's outdoor activities, particularly during the hottest parts of the day. If you do take them outside, try to do so in the early morning or late evening when temperatures are cooler. 

Provide Shade: Create shaded areas in your yard where your pets can retreat from the sun. This could be in the form of trees, awnings, or even a pet-friendly shade tent. 

Avoid Hot Surfaces: Keep your pets off hot surfaces like asphalt and concrete, which can burn their paw pads. Walk them on grass or use booties to protect their feet if you must go out on hot surfaces. 

Never Leave Pets in Parked Cars: Never leave your pets unattended in parked cars, even for a short period. Temperatures inside a car can quickly rise to dangerous levels, even with the windows cracked open. 

Groom Regularly: Keep your pet's fur trimmed and well-groomed to help them stay cool. However, be cautious not to shave them too short, as their fur also provides insulation from the heat and sunburn protection. 

Use Cooling Products: Consider using cooling products designed for pets, such as cooling mats, vests, and bandanas. These can help lower their body temperature and keep them comfortable in hot weather. 

Watch for Signs of Heatstroke: Be aware of the signs of heatstroke in pets, which can include excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, vomiting, and collapse. If you suspect heatstroke, move your pet to a cooler area immediately and seek veterinary care. 

Provide Indoor Relief: Keep your pets indoors in air-conditioned rooms on particularly hot days. If you don't have air conditioning, use fans or provide other cooling methods like frozen treats or wet towels. 

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