Here are some tips that will help your dog (and cat) stay cool during the heat.
- Take your pet for walks in the early morning or late evening hours – avoid the heat of the day.
- Keep your air-conditioning unit on. If you are trying to conserve energy/money then turn the temperature to a moderate 76 -78 degrees.
- Circulate the air with fans. Turn on a ceiling or table fan to help cool your pet.
- Close all shades/curtains on all windows that are not north facing to prevent the sun from heating up your apartment.
- Keep plenty of cold water available for your pet. A great trick is to cut the top of a large water bottle, freeze water overnight then pop the jumbo ice cube out in your pets bowl in the morning for cool drinking water all day long.
- Purchase a kool collar for your pet. Fill with ice for outdoor use or freeze the Kool tube for inside, then place the collar around your pets neck to cool their body temperature during the heat of the day.
- Shedding is a furry pets natural defenses in hot weather. Make sure your pet is well groomed and also brush your pet regularly.
- Never, never leave your pet inside a car in the summer.
- Lastly, since Oak Park is so doggone close to Chicago you can always take your pet to the Montrose dog beach to cool off.
What to look for if your pet is overheated:
- Excessive panting and/or drooling.
- Difficulty breathing.
- Increased heart and respiratory rate.
- Glazed eyes.
- Weakness, stupor or even collapse.
More serious symptoms include:
- Seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomiting.
- Deep red or purple tongue.
- Elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.
If any of the above extreme symptoms occur take your pet to a veterinarian immediately.