The Matheson Team is a full-service real estate group serving Scottsdale and the greater Phoenix Arizona area. We have helped many of our clients relocate here from out of state, and provide information to help them acclimate to their new homes in Scottsdale or the Phoenix area. Summer in the Valley of the Sun usually features temperatures much higher than other parts of the country, and it can be especially hard on pets new to the area. As pet lovers, we are pleased to bring you this information on Summertime Tips for Happy Pets.
Keep your pet indoors, where it is cool. If it is too hot outside for you, it’s too hot for your pet!
NEVER leave your pet in a parked car, even with the windows cracked open. Here in the Valley, temperatures in a parked car can reach 200 degrees or more in a matter of minutes. If you see a pet in a parked car, alert store or mall management. Or, you can call 911 to get help for the animal. In Arizona, it is a criminal offense for anyone who leaves an animal unattended and confined in a motor vehicle and physical injury and death is likely to result.
Walk your pet early in the morning, or in the evening when it is cooler. NEVER walk your pet during the heat of the day. The pavement is hot, reaching temperatures up to 160 degrees, and it can burn and blister your pet’s paws. If you would not walk on the pavement in your bare feet, don’t let your pet do it!
Don’t let your pet overdo it on a hot day. Do not exercise your pet strenuously avoid extra-long walks, hikes or excessive play. Unlike people, pets cannot speak up when they need water or a rest.
Both dogs and cats can be the victims of heat stroke. Dogs don’t cool themselves by sweating, as people do, but by panting. Signs of heat stroke include: excessive salivation, vomiting, glazed eyes, disorientation and your pet may become agitated or exhausted. Take action at the first signs of heat stroke by moving your pet to a cool spot – give him some ice cubes to lick, sponge him down with a cool, wet towel and let him lie in front of a fan. Then, rush your pet to a veterinarian!
If you must keep your pet outside, make sure there is plenty of shade and plenty of clean, cool water in a metal spill-proof container. Do not tether your pet to a stake, or other stationary object. Your pet may find himself stuck in direct sunlight and be unable to move away. NOTE: A swimming pool and/or spa is NOT sufficient for drinking water, and could be dangerous to your pet. You should observe the same caution with your pet around a pool as you would with your children.
Brush your pet’s coat to keep it free of mats. If you shave your pet or if your dog or cat has white hair, you should talk to your veterinarian about types of sunscreen you can use to protect against sunburn.
Harmful summer foods: Corn cobs! Dogs cannot digest the cobs and will need them surgically removed from their stomachs. Also, grapes and raisins, when eaten in large enough quantities can cause kidney failure in dogs.