EDUCATION: Keeping your pets cool

Summer is just around the corner and as the weather begins to warm up, we are all looking forward to outdoor adventures with our fur babes!

Unlike humans, dogs can’t sweat to cool themselves down in warm weather and need a little more help. While dogs can regulate their body temperature by panting and releasing heat through the pads on their paws, sometimes it’s not enough.

Heatstroke is the most common ailment for our furry friends during the summer. Some pets, like those who are older, overweight, extremely active or have flat faces, are more prone to heatstroke than others, but it is important to keep an eye on all pets during warmer weather.

The first signs of heatstroke in your pet will be excessive panting and unwillingness or inability to move. As the heatstroke progresses, you will notice your pet drooling, vomiting, having diarrhea and reddened gums and having trouble moving.

If you notice any of these symptoms, remove your pet from the hot area immediately and begin cooling them down. Start with cool water and letting your pet drink as much as they want. Call your veterinarian and let them know you will be coming in. They can give you instructions on how to check for shock and how to keep your pet safe until you arrive. Even if your pet seems to be cooling down, take them to the vet just to make sure!

It can be a scary time for any pet parent, but staying calm and getting help can save your fur babes life. Taking precautions during the warmer months can help prevent heatstroke. Keeping your pet in cool, well-ventilated areas and giving them lots of water can help, as can outfitting them in special gear designed to keep them cool.

If you plan to spend a lot of time outside with your pet this summer, consider Geopetric’s cooling bandana to help keep them cool! These stylish bandanas can keep your pet feeling cooler up to 20 degrees lower than the outside temperature.

Geopetric’s cooling bandanas are super easy to use. Simply wet the bandana and squeeze out the excess water, tie comfortably around your pets neck and re-wet as often as needed. If it gets dirty, simply toss it in the washing machine and air dry.

The way these bandanas work is simple: The wet lightweight fabric absorbs the heat from your pet and through an evaporation process releases the heat and cools your pet. And if it’s a little too hot for you outside, the cooling bandana will work perfectly for hoomans too!

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