The ongoing heat is impacting everyone, including our pets. Now, we need to make sure they’re staying comfortable along with us. Spending time inside and out of the sun is one of the easiest ways to beat the heat. If you don’t have air conditioning, make sure your pet has cool water and you have some type of air movement, like from a fan.
When outside, it’s important to bring water along, stay in the shade, and take breaks. Do remember when walking your pet, that the pavement can really heat up, and if it’s too hot for the palm of your hand, it’s too hot for their paw pads.
If your pet is overheating, there are some signs to look out for. Sarah Oldham, Operations Director Humane Society of Cambria County saying: “Cats, definitely watch if they start panting, you would want to seek medical attention at that point from your veterinarian. Watch for signs of excessive panting, breathing a lot harder than normal and just make sure they have access to water.”
You also may notice changes in your pets eating, drinking, and bathroom habits, as well as their energy levels. If you are concerned about your pet in the heat, it’s best to reach out to your Vet.