As most pet owners are aware, the summer season can pose serious risks to the well-being of their furry family members. Providing safe and comfortable conditions for animals is part of a rapidly growing industry. Pet ownership has more than tripled since the 1970’s, with more than 62% of American households owning pets according to a 2012 survey from the Humane Society of the United States.  Animal safety has become a widely spread public service message, but year after year the media still reports cases of animal injuries or fatalities due to extreme temperature exposure.  With a sense of compassion and a little preparation, these stories of tragic consequences can easily be avoided.


When pets are exposed to prolonged or excessive heat, their physiological processes become disrupted, and they can no longer cool their bodies in an efficient manner.  This poses the greatest threat to animal companions.  The regulation of temperature, for most pets, is controlled through their respiratory process and the release of heat through their paw pads.  When heat and humidity are high, temperatures can escalate quickly to dangerous levels.  Heatstroke can set in rapidly, and should be addressed immediately by veterinary professionals.  Symptoms to look for include heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, lethargy, dizziness, and seizures.  Much like humans, animals that fall into an increased risk category are those that are older, very young, or have pre-existing health conditions.  If a pet falls into one of these categories, owners will need to be especially vigilant.

Cute puppy that is too hot

There are many simple methods which can be implemented in order to avoid exposing pets to excessive heat.  This would include avoiding mid-day times and limiting exercise outside when sunlight is most intense and direct.  Providing abundant fresh water for your pet is also critical in keeping them hydrated for their ability to release excessive body heat.  When outside for prolonged amounts of time, it is also important to maintain protective shade with adequate ventilation.


Human houses obviously provide this type of protection most effectively, but, when an animal spends the majority of their time in a separate outdoor structure from their owners, there can be additional challenges.  Although animal housing typically provides shade, it often dangerously traps heat inside.  In this situation, stabilizing a pet’s environment to cooler temperatures is the optimal method for avoiding heatstroke by providing safety and comfort.


Creating shade by stringing a tarp with a few zip ties might have been a solution 20 years ago, but with the abundance and affordability of technology today, there are an increasing number of options for pet welfare.  Enclosed animal houses can now be afforded the option of individually operating heating and cooling units, mitigating their exposure to the elements.  ClimateRight has a compact and portable solution to heat and cool small environments, creating more versatility for outdoor animal housing.  ClimateRight’s CR2500ACH model provides superior performance in order to maintain spaces such as kennels, garages, and pens at sufficient temperatures, providing pets with safety and comfort.  With the ability to regulate an environment of up to 400 cubic feet, it eliminates the anxiety of monitoring a pet at a distance in adverse weather.  The unit runs on regular 110v electric, and is situated outside of the pet’s habitable structure, causing no interference to their activities inside.  The ClimateRight unit can also be controlled remotely, a recent update from previous models, and is an added convenience for pet owners.  When considering the potential loss of a pet to an easily avoidable cause such as summer heat, the purchase of a ClimateRight unit seems simple.     

 

Pets have validated their space in our collective hearts as a society, and are increasingly treated as members of the family.  When considering the health and comfort of your pet, prepare for the summer months ahead by granting them the ease of a regulated, safe, and hospitable environment provided by ClimateRight.