Keep Your Pets Cool During the Hot Summer Weather

Black Schnauzer running in grass

Dogs enjoy summer, but it’s up to us to keep them safe

As you’re having fun in the sun, be sure to keep in mind your dog’s health and welfare. Dogs, just like people, can suffer from too much sun and heat.

Here are some of the dangers that summer heat can create and steps you can take to prevent them.

  • NEVER leave your dog in a parked car. Even with the windows cracked open, temperatures can rise quickly causing your beloved pet to suffer heatstroke or even death. What you think may be a quick errand can turn into a 20 minute delay that could endanger your best friend’s life. On a 95 degree day, your car can turn into a 130 degree oven in only 30 minutes. Don’t take a chance – leave your pet home while you run to the store.
  • Hot pavement can burn paws. If it’s too hot for you to walk barefoot on the sidewalk, street or parking lot, your pet’s paws can be burned on those surfaces as well.
  • Because dogs and cats don’t sweat but pant to regulate body temperature, keep in mind that breathing hot air will slow the cooling process. In extreme heat, keep your pets in the same temperatures where you are comfortable – whether that’s outside in the shade or indoors in a temperature controlled environment.
  • Remember that your pet’s coat protects her from the sun. Don’t shave your pet thinking she’ll be cooler. She may be susceptible to sunburn without her fur coat protection, and her coat helps regulate her temperature.
  • If your dog has a thin light colored coat, consider using a pet approved sunscreen on the bridge of his nose and ear tips when you’re going to be out in the sun for an extended period.
  • Provide plenty of cool clean water all of the time as hydration is crucial to keeping your pet’s temperature normal.
  • Exercise and walks are important to your dog’s physical and emotional health, so walk early in the morning before the heat of the day or in the evening when the temperatures have cooled down.
  • Get an energy efficient Hale Pet Door, so your pets can access the outdoors to relieve themselves and return to the cool indoor environment.

Can a Doggy Door Lower Your Energy Costs?

Save energy with a doggy door

If you live in a northern climate, it’s only natural to start thinking about making your home more energy efficient for the winter. If you live in a warm climate, it’s also a good time to button-up your home before the heat returns.

Check Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

As more technological advances have become available, there are now affordable products to help you check your home’s energy efficiency. Check out Good Housekeeping’s comparison of thermal leak detectors  to find out where your home is losing air. You can then make the improvements that will make your home more comfortable while lowering energy costs.

Make Lifestyle Choices to Lower Energy Costs

Turn off lights when you leave the room, close off unused rooms, insulate glass at night when it’s cold – these are things that you can do to lower your energy bills.

Because you let your pets in and out several times a day, consider getting an energy efficient pet door. The passage opening of the dog door is smaller than opening your full size door, and double flexible vinyl flaps close quickly keeping your indoor air in. Your dog or cat can come and go as they please while you save on your energy bill.

Get the Highest Quality Dog Door with the Best Warranty

Choose your new pet door the same way you choose energy saving appliances, fixtures, doors or windows. Find high quality products made by manufacturers who stand behind those products.

Hale Pet Door provides a5 Year Pet Door Warranty that includes the flaps. Most dog doors are guaranteed for a fraction of that time, and if the warranty is longer, they don’t cover the flaps – the only moving part of the pet door. When you buy a Hale Pet Door, you can rest assured that you’re getting the best!

There’s a Hale Pet Door for your pet and your home. Check out Hale Pet Doors and start getting ready for winter today!