We've already hit 98 degree F several times here in Boulder. As summer arrives with heat waves, here are some ways to help keep your dog boarding kennel and daycare facility cool and reduce the load on your AC unit (and the related bills).
How to keep pets cool with less air-conditioning:
- Provide plenty of full shade for outdoor areas,
- Shade the outside of windows when possible.
- Keep curtains and window shades closed, particularly when the sun is hitting them.
- Have extra spill proof water containers available for the pets - they will drink more than usual.
- Provide wading pools for the pets, maintain the water for freshness.
- Set up lots of oscillating fans. Ensure proper mounting away from areas the pets can reach.
- Use large, high-volume industrial fans to move a lot of air across the floor
In your Gingr pet care software, be sure to tag pets with custom-icons to identify any health risks, heavy-coat pets and other notes to help ensure the pet's health and care during the heat wave. You can quickly see this information on the Dashboard, and on the Icons Report (screen shot here).
be aware of signs of Heatstroke
Early SIGNS OF HEAT EXHAUSTION IN DOGS
- Incessant panting (increases as heat stroke progresses)
- Drooling, salivating
- Agitation, restlessness
- Very red or pale gums
- Bright red tongue
- Increased heart rate
- Breathing distress
advanced signs of Heat Stroke
- Vomiting, Diarrhoea (possibly with blood)
- Signs of mental confusion, delirium
- Dizziness, staggering
- Lethargy, weakness
- Muscle tremors
- Collapsing and lying down
- Little to no urine production
Keep track of any signs of heatstroke in pets. Use the Incidents Form and "Employee Notes" in the pet's profile in Gingr to help you track any symptoms.
Treat heat stroke symptoms appropriately. Most importantly, remove the pet from the source of heat immediately and transfer them to a cool area. Provide water and rest. Ensure the pet receives professional veterinary attention, even if the pet appears to be recovering. Heat stroke is a life-threatening event and should be taken
Stay cool, and keep your pets cool too! - Andy