We may be known for our rain, but the Northwest can get some serious sizzle in the summer. Many animals—especially those outdoors—struggle to keep cool because they can’t process heat as effectively as we do.
It should go without saying as things warm up that you should never leave your pet in the car on warm, or even sunny, spring and summer days. Even with a window cracked on a 70 degree day, the interior of your car can reach 100 degrees in as little as 20 minutes.
Hot vehicle interiors aren’t the only danger: hot asphalt can scorch your pet’s paws. Before you head out for a walk, put your own palm on the pavement—if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pooch.
Shade and plenty of cool, fresh water are essential if your pet is outdoors, and you should always be alert to signs of heat stress such as excessive panting, drooling, or a change in gum color. If your pet exhibits any of these symptoms, contact us immediately.