Pet-Friendly Clear Lake Apartments Offer Summer Pet Safety Tips

June 15th, 2020

The Caroline is Clear Lake’s newest pet-friendly apartment community located off East Nasa Parkway. Our Clear Lake apartments were built with luxury in mind for every single detail in and around your apartment home, and we even took your pets into consideration when it came to luxurious amenities.

We are proud to be a pet-friendly community and love seeing all of our resident pooches using the private pet grooming station and walking around the neighborhood and playing in the dog run. If you’re new to Houston or new to being a pet-owner, we thought we’d take this time to share some top pet safety tips for you and your pet this summer. Houston and Clear Lake can get incredibly hot, and sometimes that means it’s even hotter for your dog.

Here are some hot weather safety tips from ASPCA (click the link for more tips and details):

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.

Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. 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.

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.

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

You can trim longer hair on your dog, but remember you should never shave your dog: The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. And be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.

Don’t let your dog linger on hot asphalt during really 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.

Here are some additional pet-friendly tips from the City of Houston to help make sure you and your pet stay safe all summer long. 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, like a day trip to Galveston, which is only 30-minutes from us.

We love our on-site dog run, but here is a list of the best 10 dog parks in Clear Lake in case you want to explore the area a little more (and don’t forget the pet-safety tips listed above!).

We invite you to stop by our Clear Lake apartments for a private tour to see what our first-class amenities are all about, or you can call one of our expert leasing agents at 832.224.9696. Don’t forget to ask about our summer specials and incentives to save money on rent in Clear Lake, and you can even fill out our application online to get started.