If it’s July in Indiana, the temperatures will be hot-hot-hot! So when temperatures outside skyrocket, please take appropriate steps to protect your RoseLake Estates family pet.

Here are recommendations from our friends at The Humane Society:

  • Never-ever-ever leave your dog in a parked car. Even five minutes is too long. On an 85-degree day, your car can reach 102 F within 10 minutes — and that’s with a window cracked. Please leave your dog at home when you run errands during warm weather.
  • Take walks in the coolest parts of the day when it’s hot and humid. Early in the early morning and after the sun has set are ideal.
  • Keep your house chill. Leave the air conditioner on and close the drapes to keep hot sunlight outside.
  • Offer plenty of water and shade. Pets need twice as much hydration when it’s hot and humid. Add ice cubes to the water bowl.
  • Never-ever-ever leave your pet on a tether or a chain outside – it’s against the law – and in hot weather, it’s also cruel. If the police are called, you will get fined and your pet may be taken by animal control.
  • Senior pet? Be very cautious about walks in temperatures over 80 degrees. Carry water for drinks and stop in the shade multiple times. Heat and humidity can lead to heatstroke. Stay indoors and limit exercise.
  • Stay on top of grooming. If your dog has long hair, get rid of any mats and tangles. It will help keep him cool.
  • Check the street temperatures. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your pet’s paws. Walk on the grass and stay off the asphalt.
  • Humidity can be lethal, too. When the air is full of moisture, your pet may not be able to pant enough to cool himself off.

Watch for signs of overheating and heatstroke. If you see any of these signs, take your dog or cat to the vet right away:

Heavy panting

Heavy drooling

Trouble breathing

Rapid heartbeat

Dark or red gums and tongue

Dizziness

Weakness

Agitation

We love our small family dogs and cats at Rose Lake Estates. Let’s keep them all healthy and safe this summer.