By: Sabi Reza
With this summer’s record-breaking temperatures, pet owners are taking precautions in order to keep their pets cool this summer.
Dog owner Sara Muro is one of many Chicagoans concerned with the escalating temperatures. “My dog Milo loves to keep cool by eating fresh fruits and vegetables. I always have cold water with ice cubes to refresh him when we are outside. I would recommend for people not to leave their pups out for too long because their fur is what makes them the warmest. People who walk their dogs should make sure that the cement is not too hot either because dogs are basically barefoot. My dog Milo has little boots to protect him from the hot asphalt,” she said.
These are concerns many pet owners have, and it’s not just dogs that should be protected but other small furry animals like hamsters, guinea pigs, and of course, cats.
Brenda Najera, is a recent cat owner and has taken steps towards keeping her two feline friends cool this summer. When asked about her precautions, she said, “I make sure my cats Eugene and Rosaly have enough water, I also change it several times so they don’t drink warm water. When I take them out for a walk, I always make sure to take a bottle of water and a container to keep them hydrated, we stay under the shade so they stay away from the rays of the sun.”
Pet owners have a tough job ahead of them and it doesn’t matter whether you are a current or new pet owner, everyone makes small mistakes. The important thing to keep in mind is that our pets depend on us and they deserve the best. Pets should be kept indoors when temperatures become too overwhelming since they can suffer from a heat stroke. Maintaining your pets fur is also important. Long hair could protect them from the harsh rays of the sun, but keep in mind that every pet is different so doing some research will help you make the right decision. When taking your pets on a car ride, no matter how long you think you will be gone remember to either keep all windows open or take your pet with you, it’s better to be safe than sorry.