Pets instinctively gravitate toward shade to stay cool - where trees & shrubs aren't available, awnings provide instant relief.
1. Apply sunscreen around light-colored areas - be aware that human sunscreen can harm pets if ingested. Visit your favorite pet supply store for pet-safe sunscreens
2. Provide shade - when trees and shrubs aren't available, awnings create shade on demand and provide a cool, protected area for you and your best friend.
3. Supply plenty of water - pets can get dehydrated, keep bowls of fresh water available both indoors and out for dogs, cats and small caged pets such as bunnies, birds, hamsters and guinea pigs.
4. Use cooling aides - try a child's wading pool or lawn sprinkler; portable fans that attach to kennels are also available at pet stores. For instant relief, use a damp towel around your pet's collar.
5. Do not leave pet unattended in your car - the interior temperature in your car can be dangerously high (upwards of 160°F). Leave your pet at home while you run your errands to be assured that your pet stays happy and healthy.
Awnings and Pets
The use of a fabric awning is just one way to help protect these valued family members. “Most of the people who helped with this video project are pet owners themselves,” continued Sahlin. “We took it personally. We wanted to make sure to present a range of ideas people could use to keep pets safe.”
Additional Info to Keep Your Pet Safe & Healthy:
• Awnings provide shade while new trees grow
• “How to keep your pet cool in hot weather,” Pat Gray, helium.com
• Heat Safety for Pets, valleycentral.com
• Dog dies after being left in SUV for more than 24 hours, startribune.com
•“Do Dogs Get Sunburns?” Angela Tague, associatedcontent.com
• “Dogs & Cats Can Get Sunburn,” peteducation.com
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