We're a week away from the official start of summer, and the country is facing a slow increase in heat waves as mid-June approaches. In the southwest, temperatures are expected to reach well over 100 degrees this week. A rule of thumb: if it's too hot for you to be comfortable, it's too hot for your pet, too. Dr. Ruth MacPete, known as "The Pet Vet," has given five simple tips to keep your furry friends cool during the summer. "Every year thousands of pets suffer from heat exhaustion during the summer months," Dr. Ruth said. "The brachycephalic or flat-nosed breeds like Pugs, Frenchies, Bulldogs and Boston Terriers are at an even greater risk of developing heat exhaustion when it is hot outside"
Keeping your pets cool and hydrated is the easiest way to guarantee their health through a heatwave. If possible, keep them indoors at all times. If your dog has to be outside, make sure they always have access to shade and water. Keep walks short, make your park trips early in the day or late in the evening when the sun isn't at its peak, and you can also try a cooling vest.
Knowing the signs of heat exhaustion is also super important. Excessive panting, drooling, a bright red tongue, and lethargy. More serious symptoms include vomiting, bloody diarrhea, unsteadiness, and even seizures. If your pet is suffering from heat exhaustion, cool them down gradually with wet towels. Consult your vet immediately if they exhibit severe symptoms. Another easy way to avoid the heat is to keep your pet's feet protected from the hot ground while out on walks. And most importantly, never ever leave your pet alone in a hot car. Not even for a minute!