Caring for your Pets during the Scorching New Orleans Summer
We all need a reprieve from the heat of summer in New Orleans, especially our helpless pets. Our busy lives sometimes keeps us separated from our pets for long stretches of time throughout the day. However, we can take precautionary measures to keep our pets cool and comfortable while we’re away.
Here are a few suggestions for caring for your pets during the heat of summer:
- Make sure your pet has unlimited access to fresh water. The sound of running water encourages your pet to drink so a drinking fountain designed for pets that recirculates fresh water is a good investment.
- Take walks at the cooler times of day.
- Make shade easily accessible to your pets when they’re outdoors. If you do not have a grassy area for pets, a cot is a great investment to keep pets off of the scorching deck or patio.
- If your pet has a long, thick coat, consider having your pets coat clipped short in a summer cut.
- Use sunscreen on your pet as a means of protection from harmful UV rays, especially on pets with short coats. Burned foot pads can result from walking your pets on hot surfaces. If the surface is too hot for you, it is equally too hot for them. Their foot pads can become uncomfortable. Burned foot pads can result from walking your pets on hot surfaces. If the surface is too hot for you, it is equally too hot for them. Their foot pads can become uncomfortable.
- Never muzzle your pet in the heat because it interferes with its ability to cool itself off. Pets can have heat stroke so much easier than their humans so never confine a pet in a hot car because merely cracking the window will not allow enough air circulation to keep your fur baby cool. They need shade when outdoors in the heat.
When your pet has reached the Rainbow Bridge, Agee’s Pet Crematorium can assist you and your loved ones in honoring their memory. Call us at (504) 362-3311 or visit our website at www.ageespetcrematorium.com to learn more.