Top Pet Safety Tips For Your Washington Apartments

July 15th, 2020
Photo Credit to @bambamthemaltipoo

The Jackson Hill is happy to be a pet-friendly apartment community. We love interacting with our residents, but it’s the dogs and other animals we get to see and play with that get us the most excited.

Our Washington Apartments are pet-friendly and in an incredibly active and fitness-inspired part of Houston, which makes it fun and easy to take your dog out for walks around Buffalo Bayou Park or eat at one of your favorite dog-friendly Houston restaurants. But now that summer is here, you know the Houston heat is no joke, we wanted to share a friendly reminder of what your pup can and can’t do in sweltering heat.

Below are some hot weather safety tips from ASPCA (click the link for more tips and details):

  • Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful not to over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.
  • Know the symptoms of overheating in pets, which include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.
  • Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
  • Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. Not only can it lead to fatal heat stroke, it is illegal in several states! Even leaving the window cracked isn’t enough. If you think your car’s Air Conditioning stays on, double check, because many turn off after a few minutes, and a few minutes could be too long for your pooch.
  • Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog: The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. And be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.
  • When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close to the ground, your pooch’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.

Check out a few more pet-friendly tips from the City of Houston to ensure your pet is safe all summer long, and visit our Washington apartments blog for more things to do in the area with or without your pet.

Are you looking for a new Washington Ave. apartment with some of the best amenities and an ideal Houston location that can’t be beat? Stop by for a private tour of The Jackson Hill at 320 Jackson Hill Street or call us at 713.802.1100. Don’t forget to ask about our Washington apartment specials going on right now.