We love being a pet-friendly Houston Galleria apartment and love seeing all the dogs playing around our community. Houston is such a dog-loving city, so we love being part of that community, and especially love when we see your pups outside playing or how active many of our residents are taking their dogs to Memorial Park, which is only 2.2-miles from our Galleria apartments.
The weather in Houston makes it so easy and fun to be a pet owner, but the heat that comes with summer here in our great city is a great reminder on a few pet safety tips. Whether you’ve lived in Houston your entire life or our brand-new to our great city, you probably know the summers here get really hot. On top of that, the humidity and the sun beating down can be tough on your pets, even if they don’t show it.
Our Galleria apartment team has checked out a few resources to share a few hot weather safety tips from ASPCA (click the link for more tips and details directly from their site) to ensure you and your pet have a fun and safe summer:
Remember that pets get dehydrated quickly, so be sure to give them plenty of fresh, clean water all the time, but especially when it’s hot or humid out. Make sure your pets have a shady and comfortable place to get out of the sun, and be careful not to over-exercise them on really hot days. On extremely hot days, try to keep them indoors if possible.
Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle or alone outside or on your patio or apartment balcony. Most people know this, but not only can this lead to fatal heat stroke, it’s actually illegal in many states! Even leaving the window cracked isn’t enough.
Know the symptoms of overheating in pets so you can be prepared to seek medical attention for them. This includes excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Other symptoms include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of 104 degrees or higher.
Don’t walk your dog 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. A good tip is to reach down and touch the asphalt with your hand – if it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for their little paws. Focus on walks in grassy areas or longer walks in the morning and evening if your schedule allows.
Don’t shave your dog no matter how tempted you may be in the hot Houston weather. The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. Make sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.
Animals with flat faces, like Pugs, French Bulldogs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they can’t pant as effectively as other breeds. 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.
Read more pet-friendly tips from the City of Houston and don’t forget to read our Houston Galleria apartment blog with more fun things to see and do in the area, with or without your pet. And as always, keep sending us and tagging us in your photos with your pups and let us know what we can do to make your apartment living more enjoyable here at 1900 Yorktown.
We invite you to tour our Galleria apartments this week. Stop by anytime or call our friendly leasing team at 713.627.1000. We are currently running some summertime leasing specials and have a few luxurious units that are available immediately.