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Keeping Our Friends Alive – Pets and Temperature Sensitivity

March 22, 2016

Spring is officially here… right? Well, in Utah we still believe it is winter due to our snow we have seen the past few days. One day it is 70 degrees and then we take a hit and see snow by the end of the week. With the large changes in temperature we see we have to constantly change our thermostat, but who has time to constantly mess with it?  As humans, we have adjusted and know that we can just put on extra clothes and blankets to deal with it for a day or two. Animals on the other hand are not as easy to adjust, and many need to have habitats in certain temperatures. If many animals are not kept in these temperatures, they often die. So check out the list below and make sure you are keeping your animals in the correct conditions!

Mice: Keep mice in the mid-to-low 70’s, they need to be warm but not too warm to where they can get heat stroke.

Lizard on heat rock

Lizard on heat rock

Fish: It depends on the type of fish you have. If you have a tropical fish, they will be best living in 75-80 degree water. Yet cold-water fish will need water at 70 degrees or below.

During the day lizards and other type of reptiles like the warmth. It is best to keep them around 85 degrees during the day, and drop to about 65 or 70 degrees at night.

Birds: Birds should be kept around 65 to 80 degrees. Depending on the species and airflow, some can withstand higher or lower temperatures.

dcDogs and Cats: Dogs and cats body temperatures are normally around 101.5. If they get too far below that, they begin to shiver and eventually can get hypothermia. Keep a safe, warm, and wind-free area for your dogs and cats if they are staying outside in cold temperatures.

Do some research and know what temperature your animals will be most comfortable. If you need to adjust your thermostat, then do so. If you need heating and cooling advice or repair, contact Superior Water and Air at (801) 312-8143 or online!