Does air conditioning put our pets at risk? Let’s find out all the pros and cons of the conditioner for dogs and cats.
At this time of year, with higher and higher temperatures and unbearably muggy days, it is normal to keep the air conditioners on in the house for several hours a day and, often, even at night: but the air conditioning is a risk for the our animal friends?
If you have adopted a dog or a cat, it is important that you take care of their health even and especially in summer and that is why it is essential to know any risks of air conditioning for dogs, cats, rabbits and more.
Air conditioning for dogs and cats: risks and benefits
Considering that the air conditioner can be unhealthy even for people, it is all the more important to use it wisely if there are four-legged friends at home.
Let’s start immediately by saying that any change in temperature is potentially harmful to people’s health and in the same way it is also dangerous for animals: in addition, there is also an environmental risk to be taken into account. Therefore, the first rule with the air conditioner when there are pets in the house is not to overdo it.
In addition to too low temperatures, you have to pay close attention to the humidity : the air conditioning, in fact, brings a pleasant coolness combined with the dehumidifier function. It is a pity that the combination of heat and humidity is important for the natural thermoregulation mechanism of dogs and cats, which risks ceasing to function if the natural humidity in the air is lacking.
How to use the conditioner without risk for animals
Even the air conditioner, like any other tool at our disposal, can be beneficial or disadvantageous for health and well-being depending on the way it is used: to have the air conditioning suitable for the needs of dogs, cats and other pets, it is necessary to set the thermostat at a temperature that is not too low. The ideal is to stay between 22 and 26 degrees.
Anyone who shares their home with a dog must be even more careful, because dogs are at great risk of being the victim of dangerous temperature changes, just as they risk heat stroke. The reason is obvious: the dogs go out several times a day for the walk and if we exceed 30 ° outside while there are 20 ° at home, the overhang is guaranteed. The risk is that the dog may feel bad during the walk due to being too hot, or weaken too much due to too much cold upon returning, also exposing himself to dangerous respiratory diseases.