As we all know Florida summers can be brutal and without air-conditioning something we don’t know how we’d survive the long hot summer days. Just like you get hot and sweaty in the hot Florida summers your pets can feel uncomfortable as well. The safety of our furry friends should be a top priority during the hot humid months and all year around.

Did you know that animals cool themselves by panting? Panting is the process of exchanging warm air from their lungs for the cooler air outside. The problem becomes when animals cannot do this when it is hot and humid which can lead your furry friend to stress and exhaustion.

A few tips to keeping your pet cool in the summer:

• If you’re going to be away for the day we recommend keeping your air conditioner running and setting the temperature at 78-70 degrees which is an appropriate temperature for most pets.

• Always have a supply of water for your furry friends. Just like humans our furry friends can become easily dehydrated. Keeps your pets well hydrated during the hot and humid summer days. You could also put ice in your pet’s water bowl if they like that.

• Walk your dog early in the morning or late evening to avoid the hotness of the afternoon.

• If you are going to leave the air conditioner off we suggest leaving a fan on in the home to circulate the air.

• Cats tend to be more heat-tolerant than dogs. But we recommend always watching your pet and getting to know their behaviors in different temperatures.

Many people will say that our pets lived long ago without the luxuries of air conditioners, but we have domesticated animals and changed the way they live. What are some things you do to keep your pets cool during the hot Florida summers.

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