Summer is the best time of the year for pet owners and their four-legged-friends. Our kitties and pooches love to play outside regardless of the heat. During the hottest part of the day the best place for your furry friend to be is inside. The question is: should you run your air conditioner for your pet? The experts at Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning say “Yes” And here is one of the reasons why you should – animals cool themselves by panting. This makes it impossible for your pet to cool itself when the air is hot and humid, leading to an increased risk for heat stress and exhaustion. Running your A/C will keep your pets cool and healthy. The ideal temperature to set your thermostat is between 78-80 degrees. Watch your pets in the home and see where they like to lay down. If your pet’s favorite spot is by the air conditioner vent, consider running your air more often.
Tips to Keep Pets Cool
Air Supply Heating & Air Conditioning has provided the following tips to help you keep your pets cool and comfortable this summer:
• Water – Make sure you supply plenty of water for your pets especially during the hotter months. Keep bowls refilled often or invest in an automatic water dispenser.
• Heatstroke – A dog’s temperature should not be allowed to rise above 104 degrees. Signs of heatstroke include excessive panting, stumbling, bright red gums, and agitation. Heat stroke can be fatal so it’s important to contact your vet immediately if you suspect your pet has been affected.
• Never use ice – If your dog starts showing signs of heatstroke, use room temperature water to wet him down, and place your pup in front of a fan. Never use ice, the cold causes the blood vessels to constrict and when constricted, they cannot dispel the heat. Call your vet and take your dog for immediate treatment.
• Grooming – If your pet has a long coat, you may be tempted to shave him down in an effort to keep your pooch cool. A dogs coat helps him to regulate his core temperature, so a short cut or shave could do more harm than good.
• Exercise – Limit outdoor exercise and play time during the hottest time of the day. Schedule walks for early morning or evening hours. Walk your pet on grassy areas instead of concrete pavement which can be extremely hot and can burn your pet’s paws. Carry water with you during walks and take rest breaks when needed.
• Cool Down – A kiddie pool filled with cool water (check your hose to make sure the water is not too hot or too cold) can provide relief to pets outside in hot weather. Dogs cool from the bottom up so make sure to keep his paws and stomach wet. Wet a towel and let your dog lay on top of it to cool him down.
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Don’t forget! Dogs cool themselves by panting, so your air conditioned home is the best way to ensure that your pets won’t overheat during the hottest part of the day. Contact Your Air Supply Heating & Conditioning service professional today. Our qualified technicians are available to help you maintain a healthy indoor climate and environment in your home.