Wow it’s hot outside. Americans have been practically melting this summer. Some cities like New York City and Washington D.C. have even seen heat indexes of 115 or 120 degrees.
Both man and beast have found some clever ways to keep cool this summer but this photo from one of our readers of a Husky in a refrigerator was so good we had to share it. Until this heatwave passes, keep an eye out for heat stroke in your four-legged friends. Heat stroke symptoms: hard panting, glazed-over eyes, quick heartbeat, restlessness, excessive thirst, loss of coordination, salivating too much, vomiting, and loss of consciousness.
Here are 5 tips to help keep your pets cool:
- Got a Husky? They hate the heat. This clever dog (see image above) decided to cuddle up inside a refrigerator. While it makes a cute photo op, it’s not a good idea. Refrigerators are air tight. Closing your pet inside a refrigerator can result in hypothermia and suffocation. Forget the fridge and just crank up your air conditioning.
- Even with your windows cracked, your car is an oven. If you lock your pet inside a hot car then they will die. A locked car during the summer can reach 130 degrees inside. Don’t do it! Never lock a pet in a hot car.
- Toss some ice cubes in your pets water bowl. Cold water will help cool down their core temperature.
- Avoid participating in major physical activity like jogging with your dog during heat waves. They can’t handle it, but will try anyway because they love you.
- Hot asphalt can burn dog paws. Walk your dogs in the shade or earlier or later in the day when it’s cooler outside.