Your Pet is in Danger of Heatstroke! Window Air Conditioners, Drinking Water & More Tips to Help
Summer is a dangerous time for pets. Your furry friend gets hot, if not hotter, than you do. Imagine wearing a heavy coat all year long. Sounds horrible, right? Now, imagine how your pet feels!
You love your pet, and the summer months are quickly approaching, so make sure they stay safe. Not only will there be an increase in temperature, but there will be an increase in humidity too!
Consider using a window air conditioner to keep your pet cool. There are a number of air conditionering units that can combat the heat and the humidity, creating a comfortable home environment for both you and your pet, a necessity that deserves your full consideration.
A Word From the Experts
First, your pet's well-being depends on you keeping him cool during the warm months ahead. Did you know that your pet's fur can cause heatstroke? It is often said that a dog or cat can't overheat because their fur coat is insulated. That is a myth!
According to dog trainer and TV personality Cesar Millan, "one of the worst heat-related tragedies is when people believe the old myth that long fur insulates a dog and keeps them cool. This is true for a few seconds, but after a minute or so, the coat begins to hold in body heat." The same is true for cats. Imagine how that must feel?
Pets can overheat the same way you can. Their bodies get hot, and if they have no way to cool down they suffer. We don't leave our pets in a stuffy car, why would we leave them in a hot house? Humans are able to reduce their body temperatures by releasing sweat to the surface of the skin. Furry pets can't. That is why it is so important to consider cooling you furry friend with a small air conditioner.
When you leave your house it's always best to turn off the air conditioner so you're not wasting energy cooling your whole home while your not there. However, if you have pets you'll need to leave the air on so they don't overheat.
If you have central air conditioning you're wasting energy by cooling your entire house. With a window unit you can cool one room at a time and just keep your pets' area cool while you're out. You'll save on your electricity bill while ensuring that they're safe.
Whether you're out running errands or you're gone to work, you can relax knowing that you've left your pet in a comfortable, safe environment until you return.
5 More Ways to Keep Your Pet Safe This Summer
Air conditioning isn't the only way to keep your pets safe. There are other things you can be doing as well. Here are some more tips on how to keep your pets safe in the summer heat from the article Summer Pet Care at HealthyPet.com.
- Don't leave them in a car - just like you wouldn't leave a baby in a car, don't leave your pets either. Cars sitting in the summer heat can warm up very quickly creating extreme temperatures of up to 120 degrees Fahrenheit! This can be fatal for your furry friend. The best thing you can do is leave them at home.
- Give them plenty of water - if you and your pet are going to be outdoors in the summer heat make sure that you both have access to plenty of water. If you're going for a walk bring along enough water for both of you. Water helps eliminate the high risk of dehydration that is caused by hotter temperatures.
- Apply a little sunscreen - your pet's fur protects them from the sun but there are a few areas like the ears, nose and mouth that are still exposed and will need a little sunblock. This will help avoid problems associated with sunburn like pain and peeling.
- Keep them groomed - the more hair your pet has the more they are at risk of getting overheated. Make sure you keep their hair free of matting and tangles as this will only create more heat. Or even considering trimming their hair so there is not so much of it to trap in warmth.
- Don't let them overexert themselves - your pet won't have the same stamina in the summer heat as they do in the cooler months. So consider shortening your walks and keep an extra close eye on them to make sure they're not getting overheated.
Signs of Heatstroke to Watch Out For!
Even if you take precautions to keep your pet safe there is still the risk that they could become overheated and even experience a heat stroke and die! You'll want to make sure you know all the symptoms of a heat stroke provided by HealthyPet.com:
- Anxious expression
- Refusal to obey commands
- Warm, dry skin
- High fever
- Rapid heartbeat
If you're pet is experiencing any of these signs of heatstroke you'll need to take immediate action. Call a veterinarian first! Then try to cool the pet down by covering their body in cool water. If they start to respond that doesn't mean they are in the clear of heatstroke! It is very important that they still be treated by a veterinarian.
A Few Final Words...
So why is it so important to keep your pet cool? Their life depends upon it! And with the onset of summer right around the corner you'll be prepared by following the tips listed above if you are going to be outdoors with your pet.
For the indoors, a window AC is a cool way to prepare your home. Not only will your pet benefit from the comfortable environment, but you will too!
Together you can relax in cool comfort as you program your air conditioner to a temperature you both will enjoy. Today, models have several benefits:
- Energy efficient
- Easy to operate
- Easy to install
- Environmentally safe
Most air conditioner units offer an Energy Star rating and an eco-friendly R410A refrigerant.
Other features to look for include:
- Energy saver modes for even more efficiency
- Programmable timers so you can set the unit to turn off when you're asleep or gone for work
- Optional cooling speeds for better efficiency
As a result, air conditioners for windows are a great option for cooling you and your furry family through the blazingly hot summer months.
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