How to Keep Your Pets Cool During the Summer

Florida is a place many flock to in the summer (and all year round). With the miles of beautiful beaches, the Atlantic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico to choose from, and the warm climate, Florida is a great place to spend some time.

That being said, Florida can get its fair share of heat waves and humidity that, when added together, can make Florida an uncomfortable place on some summer days.

Boyd Brothers is an HVAC company in beautiful Punta Gorda. We offer all manners of HVAC services, including AC repair, air conditioning installation and maintenance, ductwork services, commercial building automation, dryer vent services, indoor air quality enhancements, pool heat pump service and maintenance, generator service and installation, and more. We are known for our top-notch customer service and our efficient work flow so you can have your HVAC repair done in a jiffy.

During the hot summer months, you're not the only one to suffer from the heat; your pets can suffer as well. Below, we'll offer up tips on how to keep your pets cool during the summer. Call our Punta Gorda HVAC company today!


Have Plenty of Water Available

It's important for your dog and cat to always have access to fresh drinking water in order to stay hydrated, especially in the hot summer months. By drinking cold water, this will help your pet to cool down and avoid heat stroke. One trick is to add ice to your pet's bowl to make the water even colder (and it's fun to watch them bob for it!). If you go on an outing with your dog for the day, make sure you bring a water bowl and water for your pet to drink from.

Avoid the Heat of the Day

Boyd Brothers recommends that you avoid the heat of the day, both for yourself and your pet. When temperatures rise above 80 degrees, your pet can develop heat stroke a lot easier than when the temperature is cooler. We recommend you walk your dog in the early morning or late evening hours in order to avoid the hot sun. Pets with white ears can become sunburnt and short-nosed pets, such as boxers and pugs, may have more trouble breathing and panting. Also, be wary of hot asphalt in the hot summer months. Your dog's paws can quickly become burnt from walking on it, even if it's just mildly warm.

Stay in the Shade

While Boyd Brothers recommends that you bring your pet indoors during the hot summer months, if your pet is outdoors, ensure they have plenty of shade to lie in. You can use a tarp, a sun shade, or a patio umbrella if your home lacks good shade trees. However, beware of dog houses that only capture heat and oftentimes make it worse.

Invest in a Kiddie Pool

Having a place for your pet to cool off when the dog days of summer hit. Many people invest in kiddie pools for their dogs to take a dip in. Other dogs love to frolic in the sprinklers or get hosed down by the garden hose. If you have a water dog and a pond nearby, play fetch with a stick and throw it in the water. Water is one of the quickest ways — and not to mention, fun ways — to cool your pet down.

Keep Your Home Cool

When the sun is high in the sky in the middle of summer in Punta Gorda, the best place for your pet is your air conditioned home. They can stay cool, be comfortable, and be safe inside your home instead of outside exposed to the heat. Even when you leave your house, you'll want to keep it cool inside for your pets. Be especially wary of your cat since it's difficult to tell when they are hot since they don't pant like dogs.

If your home needs a new AC unit, air conditioning repair, or AC maintenance, call Boyd Brothers today. You don't want to suffer if your AC is not working properly. We can come out to your Punta Gorda home and perform a diagnostic service. We'll discover the problem and get it fixed straight away so both you and your pets can stay cool during the hot summer months.



Boyd Brothers is a Top Rated Local® HVAC company that has been serving Punta Gorda and the surrounding areas since 1984 with the best HVAC services. We offer 24/7 emergency AC repair, so if your air conditioning goes out on the weekend, give us a call. We understand that you need air conditioning in order to keep you, your pets, and others in your household cool and comfortable.

Our certified and highly-skilled HVAC technicians are there for you when you need us. We offer AC tune-ups as well for when your air conditioner is not quite working right. We offer name brand AC products so you can have peace of mind knowing your AC unit will last. If you unexpectedly need a new air conditioner, we can help. We offer financing as well so you don't have to go without cooling when you need it the most.

Boyd Brothers' passion is to help you and your pets stay comfortable during the hot summer months in Punta Gorda and the milder winter months. Our top-notch HVAC services can do just that. Call us today for a HVAC inspection or installation today!