• May 14th, 2024
    Written by: Kimberly

    We’re getting to the hot and humid part of the year again. As professional dog walkers and trained pet sitters, we are very careful when we take your dog outside because we know how dangerous the heat can be. Dogs can overheat very quickly – faster than humans – because they don’t sweat in the same way we do and are often unable to cool themselves down in hot and humid weather.

    On particularly hot days, we have to be careful about taking your dog out for more than a few minutes at a time. Some dogs can handle the heat better than others, but unless you live in an area with a lot of shade and breeze, it’s important to be careful and make sure your dog is safe and cool.

    Taking Care of Your Home Maintenance

    We know that dogs can overheat very easily. But we typically only associate that with being outside of the home, since the inside of our home is usually kept safe and cool.

    But in order to stay safe for you and your dog, your home needs to be able to maintain its temperature, and that’s why it’s so important to also make sure you’re taking care of your home maintenance needs.

    “If you’re running your air conditioner 24 hours a day, you never know when it will break down” says Mike Abe of Cal Energy, an HVAC and energy efficiency company in California. “You can run into a situation where you step out to go to work for the day and it breaks down immediately, and by the time you come home it could be 90+ degrees in your home or more.”

    That can be exceedingly hot for a dog, and while it may not be as hot as outside, you’re also talking about potentially hours and hours where the dog is subjected to this extreme heat.

    “If your AC breaks down, your home should be able to maintain a cool temperature in time for you to come home, but that is going to depend on the rest of your property” says Chris, owner of Christian Construction, a roofing and siding company in Staten Island. “If your roof has no insulation and your windows are older, your dog could absolutely be at risk.

    Even when your HVAC system is technically operating properly, poor energy efficiency can cause your home to heat up beyond what is healthy for your pets in the long term. Homes that are struggling to stay cool can easily hit over 80 degrees, and while the dangers of this may not be present right away, it can still impact your pet’s health in the long term.

    Home Maintenance is Pet Care

    At FurBabies Home Pet Care, we know how dangerous heat can be, which is why our dog walkers are incredibly responsible and responsive to your dog’s temperature and health.

    We also know, however, that it’s not only the dog’s outdoor time that can be an issue. It’s also taking care of your property. Your home may be cool most of the time, but hot and humid days can be dangerous, and your pets may be at greater risk if your home maintenance and repair needs are not properly addressed.

    But until then, one of the reasons our pet sitting services can be so useful is because we can also do what you may not be able to do: come to your property and make sure your dog is okay when you are unavailable. It’s one of the many ways that pet sitting can help make sure that you have one less thing to worry about when you’re away. Learn more by contacting FurBabies Home Pet Care, today.