Indoor Comfort Matters for Pets Too, According to the Experts
We here in Monrovia, Bradbury, La Canada and Duarte all know you should never leave a dog or other animal inside the car during the warmer months. No matter how balmy it may seem outside, the indoor of an automobile can heat up even in early spring to lethal levels for Fluffy or Fido.
But have you considered what a hot living space does to animals? Some people might assert that pets don’t need air conditioning (or extra heat in the winter) here in California, but according to the experts, that’s not actually true.
According to Dr. Kimberly May, Veterinary Medicine Association spokesperson, pet owners should be vigilant in monitoring their pets during the warmer months. In a recent interview, she said, “Keep an eye on your pet and see where your pet hangs out. If your dog is constantly by the AC vent, you probably shouldn’t turn it off. But if you see the dog sitting in the sunlight, you might have a little more leeway.”
Dr. Helen Myers of the ASPCA echoes this advice. She explains that dogs need even more cooling than cats, as they generate more internal heat. Furthermore, all older pets or those who struggle with chronic illnesses, or obesity are also more sensitive to temperature. After all, animals can only cool themselves by panting, a process of swapping out warm air from their lungs for the cooler air outside their bodies. When the air outside is warmer than their internal air, they are susceptible to heat stroke.
Rabbits and hamsters are also extremely sensitive to hot temperatures, and should always be kept indoors during heat waves. Exotic pets like reptiles and even amphibians are also subject to heat stress and dehydration.
Myers advises: “Leaving the air circulating with fans or, better yet, leaving the air conditioning on will help to keep pets cool and healthy. Pets with short muzzles like pugs, bulldogs and Persian cats are at a higher risk of becoming overheated because they cannot effectively pant. These pets should be kept in rooms with air conditioning so they can stay cool.”
Obviously, here in the San Gabriel Valley and everywhere else, you should always ensure water is available for your pets at all times. Many animals won’t consume ice water, no matter how thirsty they are, so don’t risk it unless you’re sure your pet will drink it.
Sunburn, and serious, if not fatal consequences can befall any pet left outside during a Southern California heat wave. Surely that is never worth the risk.
The takeaway? As we make our way towards warmer weather, don’t forget about your pets’ indoor comfort too. A pet-friendly 78-80 degree setting on the thermostat is just fine for your animals, and the perfect way to ensure their health and happiness when you’re not home to play.
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