Beat the Heat: Keep Your Pets Cool This SummerThe summer months can be uncomfortable for pets and people alike, but things can get especially sticky in areas that are hit with the double whammy of extreme temperatures and storm-caused power outages. Here are a few changes you can make to keep your pets safe and cool this summer:
No trims. While a short haircut might seem like a great way to relieve discomfort, your animal’s fur actually serves as insulation against the heat and protection from the sun.
Don't rely on the fan. Fans don't cool pets off as effectively as they do people (Dogs, for example, sweat primarily through their feet.) Keep your pet from overheating indoors with a cooling body wrap or mat.
Cool Exercise. You can use outdoor time for short bathroom breaks, but reschedule long walks for early morning or evening so your four-legged friend can avoid overexerting themselves.
Stay downstairs if you live in a two-story home. The lower level of your home will be much cooler than upstairs. Let your dog chill out in your basement if you have one, as it will be even cooler.
Hydration, Hydration, Hydration. Make sure your pet has plenty of fresh, cold water. In heat waves, add ice.
Change your air filter. While the typical homeowner’s air filter should be changed every 90 days, the pet owner’s air filter should be replaced at least every 60 days, even more frequently if you have more than one pet.
Turn up the AC: Even when you leave the house, keep the air conditioner running to keep your pet comfortable. He will likely find a spot on the tile to keep his whole body cool.
Prepare for power outages. Create a disaster plan Storm Preparation Checklist to keep your pets safe if a summer storm takes out your home’s power.
Call ARS®/Rescue Rooter® at 1-800-277-9400 to speak with one of our indoor air-quality specialists for ways to help keep your home's air clean and comfortable.