Our Galleria Houston apartments are happy to be a pet-friendly apartment community in the heart of Houston. It seems like Houstonians love having dogs, so it only seems natural to welcome your furry family members to our apartment community. Of course we love interacting with each and every one of our residents, but it’s the dogs around the community we get to see and play with that get us the most excited. No offense to the human owners, of course.
Because Houston is so dog-friendly and dog-centric, there are always fun things to do with your dogs. You can take them to nearby Memorial Park for a run or walk, or visit some of your favorite restaurant and bar patios in the city that allow dogs. But now that summer is here, the Houston heat is something you have to keep in mind with your pets, especially if you plan to take them on long walks or to the park with you.
Below are a few hot weather safety tips from ASPCA (click the link for more tips and details directly from their site):
Remember that your pets get dehydrated quickly, so be sure to 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 and rest, be careful not to over-exercise them. On extremely hot days, try to keep them indoors if possible.
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. Other symptoms in your pets can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of 104 degrees or higher.
Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. Not only can this lead to fatal heat stroke, it’s illegal in many states! Even leaving the window cracked isn’t enough. The same goes for leaving your pets on your balcony or patio on hot days. You may think they love the sunshine and fresh air, but it can be seriously dangerous for them.
Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot 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.
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 gets really hot, 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.
Here are a few more pet-friendly tips from the City of Houston to ensure you and your pet have a safe summer. Don’t forget to read our Galleria apartment blog with more fun things to see and do in the area, with or without your pet.
We are currently running some huge leasing specials on all of our floor plans and invite you to stop by for a private tour of our Galleria apartments or call one of our expert leasing agents at 281.688.6058. Be sure to check out all of our well-designed and maximized floor plans. We hope you and your dog have a safe and wonderful summer.