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Dangers of Leaving Your Pet Outside in Triple-Digit Summer Weather

Dangers of Leaving Your Pet Outside in Triple-Digit Summer Weather

While the ‘dog days of summer‘ refer to the summer stretch late in July, when the canine constellation Sirius appears in the night sky – most of us think of the ‘dog days of summer’ as the hottest, most unbearable days of the year. The hottest summer months are uncomfortable and even dangerous for everyone, including your pet. During triple-digit weather, it is important to provide your pet with plenty of fresh cool water and make sure they can get out of the sun during peak temps. 

There are many dangers of leaving your pet outside in triple-digit summer weather like sunburn, burned paw pads on hot asphalt, heat stroke and even death. It is important to remember that high temperatures along with high humidity can seriously affect your pet because when a dog pants, they are evaporating moisture from their lungs as a way to take heat away from their bodies. Scorching triple-digit heat with humidity is stifling and may prevent a dog from being able to cool themselves down. Your dog’s body temperature can rise to dangerous levels very quickly and can lead to tragic results.

An affordable, customized pet door from Pet Door Products is ideal to let your four-legged friend outside to do their business and still have access to fresh water and cooler temperatures inside during triple-digit heat. The revolutionary design is safe and secure and will fit any sliding glass door. 

Summer Safety for Your Pets

While high outdoor temperatures can adversely affect any animal, there are certain age factors, different breeds and medical conditions that are more susceptible to heat stroke than others. Very young, overweight and very old pets are particularly vulnerable and breeds with short muzzles like Pugs, Shih Tzu’s and Boxers have a much harder time breathing in extreme heat. 

Your pets respond differently to the heat and humidity than you do. While we have the ability to sweat through our pores to cool our bodies down, dogs sweat primarily through their paws. Because of this, a portable or osculating fan will not offer cooling relief, as it does for humans. Here are 5 ways to keep your pets safe during the ‘dog days of summer‘:

  • Keep Your Pet Indoors – You would never wear a warm and fuzzy coat in 100+ degree weather, but your pet does. An ideal and safe solution for pet parents who work during the day is an easy-to-install pet door manufactured to be thermal efficient and durable. Pet Door Products offers an innovative, energy-efficient pet door to give your dog or cat easy access outdoors and help control the temperature of your home with minimal heat transfer.
  • Limit Exercise – Take the temperature and humidity into consideration when you exercise with your pet and adjust the duration and intensity accordingly. On extremely hot, triple-digit weather days you can adjust your schedule to be outside during early morning hours or evening hours after sunset. Always take care to avoid asphalt to keep your pup’s paws safe and be sure to bring water with you to avoid doggy dehydration.
  • Provide Plenty of Fresh Water – Your pets should always have access to plenty of fresh, cool water out of the direct heat of the sun. Outdoor water should be kept in the shade to remain cool, you can add ice to your pets water for an extra refreshing drink.
  • NEVER Leave Your Pet in a Hot Car – Do not leave your pet in the car, for even for just a minute!   Even mildly-warm days can lead to rapidly rising temperatures inside your car, for example, an 85° day can reach 102° within just ten minutes and up to 120° after thirty minutes. Pets left in a vehicle on a hot day can suffer heat stroke, irreversible organ damage and death in a very short time.
  • Plan Ahead – When you’re planning an outing with your pet, be sure to be prepared and pack a water bowl and plenty of water for your pooch. Take the necessary measures to make sure you will not have to leave your pet in the car, for any amount of time. Don’t take the risk, if you are unsure about the freedom of your pets at your destination or on the way, it may be a better idea to leave them at home or with a pet sitter.

Sunburn Prevention for Your Pet

Protection from the sun is important for both pet owners and their pets. Dogs and other pets with dark fur are less vulnerable to direct sun exposure, but both light-furred and dark-furred pets can suffer sunburn from overexposure to the harsh rays of the sun. The idea that a long-haired animal’s fur should be cut to keep them cool in the summer months is a myth. The truth is an animal’s fur will help protect them from the harmful rays of the sun. However, it is important to keep Fido well groomed to avoid hot spots (irritated patches).

Do not apply sunblock to your pet, instead just make sure they have access to shade, especially during the late afternoon hours when the day’s temperature is at its peak. If your pet is suffering from a mild to moderate sunburn, the following DIY treatment will help:

  • Cover the sunburned area with a moist, cool towel.
  • Use Aloe-Vera on the affected areas, any other type of topical ointment may cause harm if ingested.
  • Contact your veterinarian if your pet has a severe sunburn or is also suffering from the signs of heat stroke.

Avoid Hot Asphalt

It is important for pet parents to remember that temperatures at two to three feet above the ground can be up to 20° hotter than the temperature at six feet above the ground. Asphalt absorbs heat and can quickly burn the thick protective pads of your dog’s paws. A good rule of thumb is to never walk your dog on a surface that you could not walk barefoot.

Watch for the Signs of Heat Stroke

If you suspect your dog or cat may be suffering from heat stroke, look for the following signs, take their temperature (a dog’s temp should not get over 104°), immediately start cooling them down and take them directly to the veterinarian. Signs of heat stroke to watch for in your pet:

  • Heavy Panting
  • Lethargy
  • Excessive Salivation
  • Extreme Thirst
  • Glazed Eyes
  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Bright Red or Purple Gums &Tongue
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Seizure
  • Unconsciousness

Heat Stroke Treatment for Your Pet

Begin immediate treatment for your pet suffering heat stroke by first getting them out of the heat and into the shade. Apply a cold compress or ice packs to their neck, chest, and head. Allow cool water to run over their body (not cold water). Give him or her cool water, a little at a time, or an ice cube to lick. Take your pet for an emergency visit to the veterinarian. 

Keep Your Pet Cool During ‘the Dog Days of Summer’ With an Affordable Pet Door

Our pets give us so much happiness, love, and endless devotion, they are always there to listen and give you their full attention. Give back to your four-legged companion this summer with the gift of freedom a vinyl pet door patio door insert will provide. Fluffy or Fido will have the have access to do their business outside and come back into cooler temperatures with access to food and water even if you’re away from home for long periods of time. Contact Pet Door Product for more information or give us a call at 801-973-8000 for your free sliding glass pet door estimate.

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Reviews

Staff was helpful and friendly, and the door seems to be very well made.
Ryan Van Fleet
Ryan Van Fleet
23:10 27 Oct 20
Fast, professional, clean install. My dog loves the new door!
Tanner J.M. Bowman
Tanner J.M. Bowman
19:31 21 Oct 20
Fast, friendly, knowledgeable, great product. Everything you want from a business. Thanks guys,I love my new sliding glass dog door!
Mark Gremillion
Mark Gremillion
21:14 19 Oct 20
They did a fabulous job and the door looks awesome and works fabulously. I'm surprised at how well it keeps the cold air out. Highly recommend if you want a dog door built into the glass of your patio door.
Michelle Dumas
Michelle Dumas
19:10 19 Oct 20
I have a 14 1/2 year old lab/german shepherd mix and he is able to use this door with ease. They were great to work with. Great customer service. I would definitely recommend this product.
Jaeden Pickens
Jaeden Pickens
15:23 19 Oct 20
Taking my glass out was a pain. Apparently Anderson didn't want my door disassembled. Your glass fit perfectly. Excellent job. Thanks again.
Curtis Zankiewicz
Curtis Zankiewicz
03:41 10 Oct 20
Very responsive and they did quick, good work. It did take a bit longer to get the glass installed but that was due to all the crazy fires in Oregon. But they let me know that there was going to be delays and were great over at communication.The door itself is great and looks to be very sturdy. My cats have already figured out how to use it.
Kiara Berlin
Kiara Berlin
19:21 06 Oct 20
Had a great experience with this door company! If you are looking for cheap this is not the product for you. You would be better off with those flimsy pre-made panels from amazon that take up half of the doorway. This is a great solution if you want to keep the door size but still have a pet door. The door was custom made to my measurements and it fit perfectly. The videos on their website were easy to follow. I ended up not even taking the door off the track to install! Worked with AJ he was very responsive and answered all my questions. Only complaints were cost ($900 with shipping for an 8ft door) and the amount of time to get the completed product (4-6 weeks) for me it was totally worth it!
Joseph Elmer
Joseph Elmer
01:25 18 Sep 20
Pet door products is awesome! I love my dog door and so do my dogs. Text them for a quote and an awesome guy named Skyler helped me out. They came out looked at the door and finalized a price for me. They quickly had it made and it was installed in no time. The gentlemen that came to install it were very professional and very nice. Had a little issue about a month later, AJ and his warranty team were quick to get it fixed. They have been awesome!!!!
Jamin Van Sickle
Jamin Van Sickle
17:09 17 Sep 20
Was prompted, on time, and very professional. Door is just as advertised and my dogs love it.
Kristine Gracey
Kristine Gracey
02:07 19 Aug 20
If you are shopping for this kind of item, you can’t do any better than going with AJ and Pet Door Products.Take the time to correctly measure your present glass, give the details to AJ, pay the bill and about 3 weeks later your door will arrive.The door is awesome but even better is having full use of the sliding glass door where the old panel dog-door was. No more squeezing through a 9inch slot to get to the patio.Not too many places make these doors and AJ was the best price of the ones I considered doing business with. Make sure you compare apples to apples to understand whose price is really the best.Good luck with your shopping.Dave
Dave Bristow
Dave Bristow
02:41 10 Jun 20
Pet Door Products is really great. Skylar was great to work with and answered all our questions before we placed our order and spent a great amount of time when he came to do the finally measurements to make sure any other questions we had were answered. We really love the new slider/dog door. Our installer, Jose, was great as well. Very professional and even cleaned our existing door after install. Great communication with everyone that we worked with. Ordered and delivered in the time we were told. We have already recommended them to friends. Thank you all!
michelle briggs
michelle briggs
16:32 08 Jun 20
Just got their doggy door and it’s the best thing I have bought. The money was well worth it the door is built good and keeps all wind or air out and the dogs love it. I have an older lab who has trouble moving around and she is able to get in and out of the door with no issues. The door is so well done and the service was awesome very nice people and Skyler was very knowledgeable and respectful. I would give 10 stars if I could and recommend 100%!!
Pam Carter
Pam Carter
16:35 03 Jun 20
Skylar and his team mate very knowledgeable and helpful with all of my questions. We have two large dogs who really needed a dog door installed in our sliding glass door. They did an excellent job. We’re really happy with it. We definitely feel we made the right choice choosing this company. They were very professional, fast, and efficient, along with great customer service! We would highly recommend them to anyone needing a dog door put in!
September Jane
September Jane
22:50 15 May 20
They showed up when they said they would, install was quick and NO mess! They made sure my door locked and asked If I had any questions before they left. The door looks great!
DeAnna Hendrickson
DeAnna Hendrickson
15:39 04 Apr 20
Very professional. I have two dogs that are constantly scratching at the door. We previously lived in San Francisco and had a bad experience with a flimsy dog door. I was impressed that they made the door into the glass. It’s very sturdy and doesn’t seem to let a lot of cold air in. Would recommend to anyone.
Kelly Brinkerhoff
Kelly Brinkerhoff
04:39 03 Apr 20
From the first call I made, Pet door products went above and beyond all expectations. The customer service received during purchase, production, shipping and my installation was incredible. Skyler led the process.The product arrived and I installed it the same day.It fit perfect.Our dogs started using it by the next afternoon.My family and our dogs love the product.
Daniel Morsk
Daniel Morsk
18:14 26 Mar 20
More pricey than some other options but we went for it - and glad that we did. After several months (and getting through winter) we just love that our golden retriever can easily come and go as she pleases, while the sliding door stays firmly SHUT - none of this 1/2 open business. The product is solid, the installation we paid for was solid and bottom line it’s hard to imagine not having it. Only complaint was a two week delay on delivery - had to press for updates. But all good - we’d recommend this option hands down.
Jon Watkins
Jon Watkins
15:38 13 Mar 20
I was so impressed! Their cost was competitive. Skyler was able to come to our home the same day I called. Which was so important for me, because I hate to wait.He was super friendly, and even rushed our order so we could get it a week early.Installation took about 20 minutes and the installation guy was professional.The doggie door flap, and the quality of the material seems top-notch. The 10-year warranty eases my mind on that part as well.Now my dog can sun bathe on our porch to his little hearts content.
Bethany Faden
Bethany Faden
23:05 27 Feb 20
AJ was great. When we called for a quote he showed up quickly and on time. He was knowledgeable and gave us great info on helping pick the right door. The quality of the door is great! It has made our life much easier and given our dogs the freedom they needed. Only giving 4 stars cause it took two weeks longer to install than was quoted. Otherwise it was a fantastic experience. We love it. Game changer.
Nate Barkdull
Nate Barkdull
18:17 30 Jan 20
I ordered a custom dog door and Pet Door Products had the best price by far! The door has worked great and it seems very sturdy and able to last constant use from our three dogs. They also warranty the door so if anything ever breaks it's covered. What more could you ask for? I am very satisfied!
Derick Turner
Derick Turner
21:51 29 Jan 20
We decided to install a dog door in our existing sliding glass door for our new puppy, and I love it. At first I considered getting just an insert door like you could find for sale at Petsmart for less (where you just insert it between your door frame and your regular sliding door), but decided to spend the extra and have the glass actually replaced with new glass and a built in door). This is so much nicer. It's worth the $$ if you are able. My in laws have just an insert on their door, and it's so flimsy in comparison, and shortens the opening of their door so much that it's hard to fit through while carrying anything. Finally having a door installed after the first couple months of constantly letting my dog in and out has been SO MUCH NICER, and he loves the freedom to come and go. The door looks great, the service was great, and the price was very competitive. I'm very glad I got the new pet door installed. We will use it for many, many years.
Abby Hansen
Abby Hansen
16:48 13 Nov 19
Fast and efficient install! They had the old out and new in, in no time at all. And they disposed of the old! Very professional and great customer service. Would definitely recommend, and will be using them for any future products.
TyLene Puro
TyLene Puro
20:06 12 Nov 19
I worked with AJ on my pet door. I was impressed with his prompt replies and thorough attention to detail. My dog has the freedom he needs and I have peace of mind with the quality and craftsmanship of the product! More than happy! I love that it functions like a normal door. So nice, safe and convenient!
Elaine Mabey
Elaine Mabey
18:36 12 Nov 19
Great service installing my door. The door seems to be excellent quality and pet door is very well insulated. Dog loves the door and is in and out all day. Service from salesmen AJ was excellent. He will take care of you and get everything right
Gary & Cindy West
Gary & Cindy West
19:58 08 Nov 19
They were just great. The installers were on time and did a great job. Everything was cleaned up after they were done. We just love the new pet door!!
Nadine Oliver
Nadine Oliver
19:50 08 Sep 19
Excellent customer service by AJ. Friendly and professional staff with efficient and quality installation. Well done!
Stacy Forbes
Stacy Forbes
17:02 28 Aug 19
I love this door, so do my dogs! They love having the freedom to go outside and come inside when they want.
Jennifer Peterson
Jennifer Peterson
19:40 27 Aug 19
Very responsive and polite through the whole process. Did not feel pressured into making a quick purchase, allowed me time to do research and compare costs/options. The product is wonderful, no issues with quality but I've only had it for about a month. Will update if needed.
Trevor Tonks
Trevor Tonks
19:19 27 Aug 19
I was recommended this company by a friend who had a pet door installed and I am glad I was. The consultation and measuring appointment was a breeze. The gentleman who came out was friendly and answered all of our questions. I felt the price was fair. The Turnaround time was fair. The installation was great. It took about 30 min to install the door. The two gentlemen who came to install were friendly and did a great job. It works great. Our dogs and cat use it all of the time to go out back. I am happy with the purchase.
Tom Hughes
Tom Hughes
19:00 27 Aug 19
We purchased a pet door from advanced window products . We absolutely love the door and the pet door part is great! Everyone was helpful in doing their part to coordinate and get the door installed . The installers were very professional & friendly . I would recommend Advance window products
T Jones
T Jones
17:25 22 Jul 19
I only have good things to say. The salesman that came to my house was polite and informative. I never felt pressured to make the purchase. The installer were quick and efficient and the door itself is excellent. Highly recommend!
Anthony Nichols
Anthony Nichols
04:37 30 May 19
This service and product literally changed my life. The communication was unbelievable and personalized and the product quality is exquisite. My dogs are both need and have anxiety and the ability to go in and out on their own has helped them so much. Thank you for the amazing product and business
Chris Carter
Chris Carter
04:42 20 May 19
Pet Door was awesome to work with! We purchased the insert from out of state and they coordinated working with a local company to get it installed. The whole process went smoothly and I would do it again, if ever needed. 5 stars for this company! Thank you Pet Door Products!
WK Dudley
WK Dudley
00:03 09 May 19
Pet Door Products and Advanced Windows were super great to work with. AJ gave me a great, competitive quote and was prompt with my texts and questions. Brad and Jake installed the french doors and window panel, they were on time, worked hard and efficiently and got it done way quicker than expected. Brad was super awesome and knowledgeable and answered all my questions. There was a bit of a mixup with my hardware when my door was manufactured, but bringing it up to them wasn't a problem and they got the hardware I initially wanted on order and en route for the swap out. Would definitely recommend, and I will do business with them again for my window needs.
Hayden Henderson
Hayden Henderson
19:39 03 May 19
This was well worth the money I spent and my dog loves the freedom of coming and going when she wants
Tony Carlsen
Tony Carlsen
18:20 28 Mar 19
They did such an amazing job with out door! We got out door at the beginning of March. It doesn’t let any cold air in, and the dogs love it! AJ was especially easy to work with, and was so responsive! I would recommend this doot to any dog owner!
Nicholas Cash
Nicholas Cash
16:38 27 Mar 19

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