8 Ways To Keep Your Indoor Dog and Cat Cool During the Summer When You Don’t Have Air Conditioning

Every summer here in San Francisco, we experience a few weeks with extreme heat. It’s safe to say that your definition and my definition of “extreme heat” may be a little different, but when it gets above 90 degrees in the Bay Area, people start panicking. Why? Because most Bay Area homes are without air conditioning. With pets at home, it becomes challenging to keep them cool during the day when the temperatures outside keep climbing. Here are a few tips:

  1. Make dog or cat “popsicles” to keep your pets cool!
    1. Our favorite dog popsicle recipes HERE
    2. Our favorite cat popsicle recipes HERE
  2. Chill their water (or add ice before you leave!)
  3. Place fans in strategic places so your home has proper airflow. The best place is in front of a window!
  4. Keep your home shaded! Pull the blinds to keep the sun out of your home.
  5. Bare floors are great in the summertime! If possible, pull up those rugs.
  6. Open your windows for maximum air flow. Make sure to check that the screen is properly in place!
  7. This may be obvious, but keep your dog and cat out of your car. Cars heat up quickly!
  8. Suspend play time until it gets cooler. Keep activities to a minimum during the hottest part of the day (mid-afternoon)!

Doing just one of these suggestions will increase the comfort of your stay-at-home pet!

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