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How to Keep Your Pets Safe During Sask’s Heat Wave

How to Keep Your Pets Safe During Sask’s Heat Wave
How to Keep Your Pets Safe During Sask’s Heat Wave

It’s shorts and t-shirt weather as temperatures in Saskatchewan climb into the mid-30s. But imagine experiencing this while wearing a big, fluffy fur coat.

Pets can be just as—or more—sensitive to heat than their owners. These conditions mean that dog owners need to be extra careful to prevent their furry friends from overheating.

“Heatstroke can cause serious damage to your pet, sometimes even death, so make sure you provide him or her with protection from the heat,” says Jemma Omidian, Manager of Animal Care at the Saskatoon SPCA.

Dog owners are advised to keep their dogs indoors during the hottest hours of the day and avoid hot concrete surfaces, as they can burn their pet’s paw pads.

“We always recommend limiting that to earlier in the morning or later in the evening for those longer walks, because otherwise you’re going to exhaust them if you do it in the middle of the day. Something to think about,” Omidian added.

For dogs with more than two coats, it is not advisable to shave them, as their coat can actually keep them cool. However, for dogs with one coat, a haircut can help.

“A double coated dog is less likely to be able to regulate his body properly, but a single coated dog may not look as nice with a short coat, but it is best for him, especially in the heat, so he doesn’t have a winter coat,” says Jada Mose, a dog groomer.

Also make sure that your pet drinks enough and that its water bowl is always full.

The general rule is: if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your dog.