When the temperature outside starts going up, it gets pretty hot at home, too. The air conditioner is a great solution. However, it consumes a lot of energy, so you probably turn it off when you’re out of home. But, do you know what is your pet doing while you’re gone?
You have probably already come to the conclusion, that it’s not the best idea to leave your pet outside when it’s hot. The heat and the bright sunlight in the middle of the day could be very dangerous for it. Well, you should be careful when you leave it alone inside as well.
As most of the pets don’t sweat, it’s harder for them to cool themselves, especially if they have thick fur. Here’s what you can do to ensure your beloved friend doesn’t get a heat stroke when it’s alone:
Control the temperature
Yes, the AC consumes a lot of energy, which also reflects on your bills. However, it’s definitely not a good idea to leave your pet at home with the AC turned off. Instead, just set it on a low energy consuming mode. That means, when it’s about 30℃ outside, you’d better set the AC on cooling mode at about 23-24℃, not 16℃.
This will be helpful in two ways. Your AC will need less energy to cool down the room when the difference between the inner and the outer temperature is smaller. It will also be safer for your pet, not only because it will spend the day in a cool room. If you have a dog, you are probably taking it for a walk at least twice a day. When the difference between inner and outer temperatures is greater than 10℃, the change from very cool to very hot environment could be very dangerous for it
Control the humidity
On hot days the humidity is also high. This is another reason why it gets difficult for pets to cool themselves, which could lead to heat stroke. Keep an eye on the humidity level at home, not only for your pet’s health, but for yours, too. Learn more about the dangers of high humidity and how you can keep it at a healthy level.
What else to do to keep your pet safe
- Provide your little (or not that little) friend with plenty of water. Just like you it needs more of it when it’s hot. You can also add some ice to keep the water cool during the day.
- Make sure your pet has access to the cooler parts of your home.
- Close curtains to reduce the heating effect of the sunlight coming in. This will also help your AC, as the cool air won’t go out easily, which will reduce its consumption as well as your bill.
Note that different animals and breeds have different needs when regarding to heat. Make sure you get to know the specific needs of your pet and contact a vet as soon as you notice a strange behaviour of your friend.