Everyone in South Dakota has been feeling the heat this summer as temperatures have crept into record highs. Don’t forget to pay special attention to your dogs and cats as these high temperatures strain our days and our air conditioners.

  • If you’re going out and can leave your dog at home in the cool house, do it! Vehicles heat up incredibly quickly even with windows cracked. That means even a quick trip into a store to pick up a few groceries can leave your furry best friend in oven-like conditions.
  • On extreme hot and humid days consider limiting your pet’s outdoor exercise time. Like you, animals are affected by the heat and, an additional issue, pavement gets hot enough to hurt animal paws. To avoid the pavement, maybe find a nice wooded trail or grassy area to get your pet some exercise.
  • Don’t forget shaded areas and water while your pet is outside to avoid overheating and dehydration. If you can, a doggy pool or sprinklers might provide some additional relief.

We’re always mindful of our pet’s health but summer presents some unique situations. Talk to your veterinarian for the best health-related tips to help you take the best care of your furry best friend.