Warmer days and sunny skies are here and when you’re used to moderate summers, you barely take things seriously in this weather by not thinking as much about the danger that the summer heat can cause pets. Our pets are much more vulnerable to hot weather than we are because it is hard for them to lower their body heat. This is because they naturally come supplied with a fur coat and panting is the only way they can cool off.
If you are travelling and leaving your pets at home in the care of a pet sitter, then you must make sure that in this hot weather your pets are well equipped to tackle the heat and most importantly the pet sitter should be made aware of the changes they should make to keep your pets safe.
When left alone with the pet sitter, strictly brief them that they should never walk your dog or any other pet in the heat. Avoid midday walks, and only walk them early in the morning or at night when it’s cooler. If it is hot and humid, then it is advised to skip the walk altogether for the day for the safety of the dog.
Your pet sitter can use a leash to manage your dog’s activity, and keep it to a minimum so the dog doesn’t over exert itself in the heat. Do not let your dog walk on a hot pavement, and as an alternative let your dog go free on grass. To check if it is safe for your dog to walk on the pavement, put your palm flat on the pavement and if it burns then it is certainly not safe for the dog to walk on.
Never leave your dog or pet alone in a parked car. When leaving you dog or pet in a pet sitter’s care, please advise them not to do so in any circumstance. Even when it’s not that hot, the sun can turn your car in an oven and with that fur on, your dog will feel the heat and it is hazardous for their health if left unattended in a hot car.
The damage your dog can sustain in a hot car can vary from heat stroke which could lead to permanent organ damage and death. Play it safe this summer, and if you are not around to take care of your dog, let the pet sitter know that they should take extra care to keep your dog cool this summer.