Pet-Friendly Northbrook Apartments Offer Pet Safety Tips For Summer

June 20th, 2020

We are proud to be Northbrook’s newest and most luxurious apartment community. Our Northbrook apartments offer luxury in every detail, including our pet amenities, which both you and your pooch will surely love year-round.

It’s always fun seeing our resident pooches using our private pet grooming station and walking around our Northbrook neighborhood and playing in the dog run. While the summer weather in Northbrook doesn’t get as hot as other parts of the country, it’s a good time to remind all pet owners of a few pet safety tips to keep you and your pets cool all summer long.

Below are a few hot weather safety tips from ASPCA (click the link for more tips and details related to pet safety):

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. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.

Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so 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, be careful not to over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.

Be careful of hot asphalt during hot weather. 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, or bend down and check the asphalt temperature with your hand. If it’s too hot for your hand to be on the ground for more than a few seconds, it’s too hot for your pup too.

Animals with flat faces, like Pugs, French Bulldogs, and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively or cool themselves down like other animals can. 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.

Don’t completely shave your pet: You can trim their hair or take them in for professional grooming, but don’t completely shave them. The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. Be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.

Never leave animals alone in a car. Not only can it lead to fatal heat stroke, it is illegal in several states! Even leaving the window cracked isn’t enough.

Here are some additional summer safety tips for humans and pets from the Village of Northbrooks’ website. As temperatures get hotter, be mindful of your pets, and even yourself.

If you’re looking for things to do in the area with or without your pet, check out our Clear Lake apartment blog for more things in the area, or tips for having the perfect at-home spa night.

Our on-site dog run is always fun, but sometimes it’s fun to check out and explore the neighborhood. Here is a list of the best 10 dog parks in Northbrook and a list of dog-friendly Northbrook restaurants in the area, and don’t forget the pet safety tips listed above from the ASPCA.

Stop by our Northbrook apartments anytime this week or call one of our friendly leasing agents at 847.610.6557 and ask about our summer leasing specials and how to get free rent in Northbrook. You can also schedule a private tour or virtual tour to see more of our pet-friendly Northbrook apartments.