Protect Your Pet from Heat

Jul 28, 2016

Here at Rochester Design Center, we’re hoping you’re enjoying your summer!  We’re happy for these warm days and we’ve seen some of you out and about on East Ave walking your furry friends! #urbanrenewal   Some days have been really warm so much so, that apparently we have broken the record for over 90 degree days.  Not only is it important that you stay cool, it’s also important to protect your pet from the heat.

Limit Exercise & Be Cautious of Hot Pavement

dogpavementAs much as your dog loves their daily walk, it’s a good idea to limit their exercise on hot days.  Whenever possible, walk your dog in the early mornings or evenings when the sun isn’t so bright overhead.  And please bear in mind that if  the pavement is too hot for humans to walk on, it is too hot for the pads of your dog’s feet.  Here are some great information on protecting your buddy’s paws during the summer months.

Never Leave Your Pet in the Car

We know this should be a no-brainer, but every year we see news articles about dogs being left in hot cars.  At the very least, this is sure to be uncomfortable for your pet, and at worse can have fatal consequences.  According to the Human Society, the temperature inside your car on an 85 degree day can reach 100 degrees in 10 minutes.  In 30 minutes, you’ll start to see temperatures reaching 120 degrees, and this is with the windows cracked!  What should you do if you see someone has left a pet in a hot car?  They also provide some great tips to help you decide what to do.

Provide Cool Environments

waterfall-721273_960_720Whenever possible, limit your dog’s outdoor activity on hot days.  When your pet does need to spend some time outside, make sure Fido has some shade with air circulation (like a tree or a tarp); dog houses can actually make things worse because there is no air flow.  Also, provide plenty of fresh cold water; on especially hot days even adding some ice cubes to their bowl will help keep them cool.

Emergency Services

We know how much you love your pet & do your best to take care of them.  But, a dog can get dehydrated quickly in the summer heat, and should you find yourself in a situation where you need some emergency medical assistance for your pet, here are some great places locally:

Monroe Veterinary Associates

If you need after-hours care for your pet, your best bet is the Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Service of Monroe Vet Associates.  They are open 24 hours a day, and are located on White Spruce Blvd in Rochester.  Visit their website for more info.

If you are looking for more emergency vet services, or would like to bring your furry friend or goldfish or otherwise fun creature to a great vet, provides a directory of services.

Have Some Fun

swimming dogJust because it’s summer, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with your pet!  Here are some fun ideas for celebrating the season with your fur babies:

  • Set up a kiddie pool in your yard for your dog to splash around in!  Just be sure to change the water regularly; don’t let scum build up (your dog may drink it, and that wouldn’t be good!).
  • Does your dog love their Kong?  Step it up a notch and freeze their toy after you’ve put the peanut butter in.  As an added bonus, the delicious treat inside will last longer if it is frozen!
  • Try making this super cool “pup-sicles” for your little buddy!

If your best friend needs some room to room or your looking for a condo in the city to accommodate your pet, be sure to contact us today!