Our pets become part of our family. When we can’t be home with our animals, we want them to be safe and comfortable. The question has been asked: “Should I leave the air conditioner on for my pet when I am not home?” Yes, you should. Unlike humans, animals cannot leave your home for a cooler area, or adjust the temperature to their liking. Extreme temperatures cause your pet unnecessary stress and can result in medical complications. Continue reading to learn about proper care for your type of pet.
If You Own a Dog
According to the Humane Society, a dog’s temperature should not reach above 104 degrees. But what is more important, is how a dog cools down. Dogs pant, evaporating moisture from their lungs, which takes heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, like in Florida, they won’t be able to cool themselves efficiently.
If You Own a Cat
Cats, like dogs, pant to cool themselves off. They also tend to naturally find the coolest places in the house to lie down, such as porcelain sinks, tile floors, and above refrigerators. Don’t scold them for this. Because an air conditioner acts as a dehumidifier, both cats and dogs would cool themselves more efficiently in an air conditioned home.
Sick or Elderly Pets
Ill, elderly, the very young or obese animals will have more cooling needs, as they are more susceptible to heat stroke. Watch these animals carefully and consider their conditions when deciding the temperature of your home while you are away. The American Medicine Association recommends watching all pets when the air conditioner is on. Notice if they look comfortable. Do they tend to sit near vents? Are they soaking in the sun? You know your pet the best.
Call Blair’s Air for Clearwater AC Repair
We have been taking care of air conditioning needs for humans and their furry, feathered, or scaled companions since 1974 and we would be happy to help your pets stay cool while you are away. Give us a call or contact us online for an appointment.