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Keeping Your Pets Cool & Safe in the Summer Heat

Summer is here, and while the sunny days are perfect for outdoor adventures, the heat can be tough on our furry friends. At Michelle At Your Service, Pet Sitting and Dog Walking, we’re committed to ensuring every pet stays safe and comfortable, even when temperatures rise. Here are some essential tips to keep your pets cool and happy this summer.

Hydration is Key

Just like us, pets need plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially in the heat. Make sure your pets have access to fresh, cool water at all times. If you're out and about, carry a portable water bowl and take frequent breaks to offer them a drink.

Shade and Shelter

If your pets spend time outside, ensure they have access to shade and a cool place to rest. Avoid leaving them outside for extended periods, especially during the hottest parts of the day. At Michelle At Your Service, we always ensure dogs are not left outside unattended and limit their outdoor time to keep them safe.

Hot Pavement Alert

Did you know that pavement can get scorching hot under the summer sun? This can burn your pet's paws. A good rule of thumb is to place your hand on the pavement; if it's too hot for you, it's too hot for your pet. Try to walk them during cooler times of the day, like early morning or late evening.

Watch for Signs of Heatstroke

Heatstroke is a serious risk for pets in the summer. Keep an eye out for symptoms like excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, and confusion. If you suspect your pet is overheating, move them to a cooler area, provide water, and contact your vet immediately.

Cool Treats and Fun

Help your pets beat the heat with some fun and refreshing activities. Ice treats can be a big hit—try freezing some of their favorite snacks in water or broth for a cool surprise. Kiddie pools can also provide a fun and safe way for dogs to cool off and play.

Grooming Matters

Regular grooming can help your pet stay cool. For dogs, trimming longer hair can make a difference, but be careful not to shave them completely as their coat also protects them from sunburn. Cats also benefit from regular brushing to reduce shedding and matting.

Travel Safely

Never leave your pet in a parked car, even for a few minutes. Temperatures inside a car can skyrocket in a very short time, posing a severe risk to your pet’s health. Plan your trips with your pet’s safety in mind, ensuring they are never left in a hot car.

At Michelle At Your Service, we prioritize your pet’s well-being. Whether it’s a midday walk or an afternoon of play, we ensure every pet stays safe and cool. Remember, a little extra care can make all the difference in keeping your furry friends happy and healthy during the summer months.

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