The Georgia heat and humidity are not only uncomfortable for people; they can also be dangerous to our pets. Dogs don’t perspire the way humans do. The only sweat glands they have are on the pads of their feet. The hot pavement can not only be painful, it can affect their ability to cool themselves. Dogs also pant to cool themselves but panting won’t work properly if the outside air isn’t considerably cooler then the dog’s body temperature. Many people don’t even realize that their dog is overheating. That happy, long tongue is letting you know your dog is HOT! Heat stroke is a very real danger for your dog.
When outdoors with your pets in the summer months there are several things you can do to insure your pet doesn’t succumb to the heat.
Be aware of the signs of heat stroke which can come on quickly. Below are some of the signs to look for. Recognizing the problem and acting/intervening quickly are important to limiting the damage that can be caused by heat stroke.
Signs of Heatstroke
In the summer months each year, we start adjusting our schedules so that we don’t hurt our furry clients by walking them in extreme heat. At Happy Bones Pet Sitting we will not walk/exercise your pets outside when the temperature is 90 degrees or above or on extreme high humidity days. We will take them outside to do their business & then spend the remainder of our time inside playing games to exercise them. We are also happy to change our walking times to the morning (schedule permitting) instead of the heat of the day. The safety & health of your pets is our top priority.
Happy Summer! Stay safe & cool out there!