Air Conditioning and Your Pet

Matthew HritzNOLA AC BLOG

This blog is all about air conditioning and your pet. Thermostats don’t lie: it’s hot! Thankfully the modern marvel of air conditioning helps us beat the summer heat and keep our pets cool as well. But what about when we leave the house? Should the AC be left on for your pet while you’re out and about?

According to pet experts, this is an issue that has the animal lovers of the world all riled up. One side says it is unfair to leave our fluffy friends at home without AC during heat waves, especially when they are stuck in fur coats. The other side argues that cats and dogs were roaming the Earth for thousands of years in the heat before we came along and put them indoors. Additionally, they point out that running your AC full time for your animal could be hurting the environment more than helping your pet.

Dr. Helen Myers of the ASPCA states that it isn’t the heat that is the big problem for pets, but the humidity. Humidity mixed with heat prevents panting — an animal’s natural cooling system — from working effectively.

You should always:

Leave fans on to keep the air circulating while you are away

Leave your AC set around 78-80 degrees, a good temperature for pets.

Keep all water bowls full to prevent dehydration.

In addition, keep in mind that dogs usually require cooling more than cats, because canines create more heat with muscle activity. Owners of obese, ill or elderly animals should also be extra careful, since these animals are more susceptible to heat stroke.

Every pet is different and the AC needs of each pet vary individually. Keep an eye on your pet’s behavior while the AC is on. If you find your pet is constantly by the vent, it is probably best to leave it on for them if you are gone for long periods.

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