It’s typically warm in Phoenix year-round, but summer in the Valley can bring a whole new meaning to “hot.” But heat doesn’t always bode well for our fur babies. Here are a few tips to keep in mind this summer to help ensure these important family members stay cool and comfortable all season long.
Beat the Heat
Our pets are actually quite smart. When it’s hot outside,they’ll prefer to stay at home and look for a cool place such as on hardwood or tile floors. Save outdoor time for in the mornings or late afternoons when the sun isn’t at its strongest. The air will be easier for your pet to breathe, and the ground will be cooler on the pads oftheir paws.
If you do take your pet outside in the middle of the day,make sure that you can provide them with shade. Remember, your pets don’t wear shoes so it’s important they don’t walk across burning hot asphalt or concrete. When in doubt, just leave them at home. You don’t want to put them in a situation they don’t find comfortable; your pet depends on you to make the right choices!
Hydration is key in the summertime; make sure your pets always have a consistent supply of water available. Your pets can quickly become dehydrated. Help replace these fluids and prevent dehydration by leaving water or water alternatives out throughout the day, particularly when your pet has spent time outside in the heat. Water alternatives are especially great for pets since they replenish electrolytes and taste great.
If you’re trying to stay inside with your pet a little more this summer, but you’re experiencing issues with your HVAC system, your friends at Parker & Sons would love to help. Give us a call at 602-273-7247 or schedule an appointment online!