I live in North Texas where 108-degree weather has everyone hot under the collar. Just imagine how pets feel with a fur coat. Cats and dogs risk sunburn, pad burns and life-threatening heat stroke without proper precautions.
Dogs don't get pad burns very often because they flinch away from heat. But cats love heat and often lounge on surfaces up to 126 degrees. They won't feel themselves getting burned. Both dogs and cats can suffer pad burns from walking on hot pavement, especially when not offered the option for cooler pathways.
Do the barefoot test. If pavement feels too hot for you, it's also a problem for pets. For more tips for your cats and dogs, check out my latest Paw Nation article on hot weather safety for your furry wonders.
Special happy howls to Gina Misiroglu for connecting me to the fine folks at AOL, as a way to spread the furry love--and show folks what a terrific community of writers we have at Red Room!
It's so hot these days that even the cats want to cool off--that's my colleague Lisa-Maria Padilla's lovely kitty checking out the wading pool. My Magical-Dawg can't get outside to play. He risks heat stroke if he overheats because dogs just can't stay cool when the outside air temp equals or exceeds their own body temperature. I hope you'll never need it but it's important to know how to provide first aid for heat stroke, because it could save your pet's life.
You may have noticed your dogs excavating the yard during hot weather because they want to dig out a cool spot to rest--here are some tips to deal with hot diggidy-dogs. And I've come up with some hot weather indoor and outdoor games to keep puppies happy and occupied without risking their health.
Oh, and if you want to see how my dog deals with the heat, check out the video of Magic's water games.
Causes Amy Shojai Supports
Cat Writers Association, Winn Feline Foundation, AKC Canine Health Foundation, CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates)