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Give Mittens and Rover the love and care they deserve.
You Will Need
- A grooming brush
- Aloe vera gel or vitamin E oil
- Pedialyte or Gatorade
- An ice pack
- A spray bottle
- Beef or chicken broth
Keep pets out of parked cars
Never leave a pet in a parked car when it’s hot—not even for a few minutes. Even a car parked in the shade can go from an inside temperature of 80 degrees to over 120 degrees within five minutes—and leaving the windows down doesn’t help.
Brush cats and dogs at least every other day. When their fur is matted, it traps body heat. You can give them a shorter haircut for the summer—but don’t shave them to the skin, or they won’t have any protection from the sun.
Moisturize their paws
Rub some aloe vera gel or vitamin E oil onto their paws a few times a week. It prevents the footpad cracks that make them more vulnerable to burns when they walk on hot pavement—although you should try to walk them on grass when possible.
Give them extra water
Keep their water bowl full and add a little water to their food for further protection against dehydration.
Cool your pets’ ears and paws
Spritz your pets’ ears and paws with a spray bottle filled with cold water; that’s where they release heat. Or rub their tummies with an ice pack.
Give dogs a spoonful of honey
If your dog is panting a lot, rub some honey on his gums; it will help prevent heat stroke by raising his blood sugar.
Hand out ice cubes
Make ice cubes out of diluted chicken broth and add them to your pets’ water bowls. The flavor will entice them to drink more, and the ice will keep the water cool. Or give them a cube to chew or lick instead of a treat.
If your pets are going to be outside in the hot sun, make sure there’s some shade available, like a tree in your yard or an umbrella at the pool.
Know the warning signs
If your pets have glazed eyes, labored breathing, and/or purple tongues, splash them with water and call the vet; they could be going into heat exhaustion.