Should You Leave The Air Conditioner On For Your Pet?

Every now and then leaving your dog or cat outside to enjoy the warm weather is a treat. In general, with plenty of water, circulation of air, and shade, most dogs will probably do okay in warm temperatures up to about 90˚F. However, please remember there are no hard and fast rule about a temperature limit.

Unlike humans, dogs have a higher body temp, and less ability to cool down. Dogs can’t sweat through their skin, so they cool themselves primarily through panting and releasing heat through their paw pads and nose. Unfortunately, if it’s extremely hot, no amount of panting will cool them down. It’s important to remember that it’s not just the ambient temperature, but also the humidity that can affect your pet.Final word:
Most pet owners and veterinarians say “yes” you should leave your air conditioner on for your pet. It gives your dog or cat a sense of relief. Keep in mind that regular body temperature for cats and dogs is 3-4 degrees higher than for humans, so if it’s comfortable for you it’s likely comfortable for your pet.

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