Like human beings, pets experience summer, and their bodies also need to be cared for with a proper routine. A few things can be indulged in to lead a hassle-free life. These tips are mentioned below:
- Exercise during cool hours:
Pets should exercise only in the early morning and late evening, not in the middle of the day. If the workout is done outside, then breaks should be taken in the shade with ample water available. If a pet is young, senior, overweight, or brachycephalic, then we must be extra cautious. Frequent checkups should be done.
- Excessive wheeze:
Pets tend to wheeze down their body temperature. Keep in mind that dogs and cats don’t sweat as we do. If they start to puff excessively, that means they’re overheating. In this situation, they should be given lots of water to drink. Their body needs to remain hydrated. Vomiting, weakness, and fainting are common symptoms of heatstroke, and immediate veterinary care must be sought.
- High temperature:
If body temperature starts climbing above 103.5℉, you should be concerned. If it’s above 104℉, it’s time to get to a veterinarian.
- Dry gums:
By lifting a dog or cat’s lips, you can determine whether their gums are dehydrated or not. Their gums should feel slimy like ours. If the gums are very dry, it indicates overheating.
- Stay hydrated:
Hydrating our body is immensely important; similarly, our pets need the same routine to be followed. We should be well aware that pets drink plenty of water. Seventy percent of water must be consumed. Wet food should be mixed with their dry food. The bowls and utensils of the pet should be cleaned regularly. Dehydration of dogs and cats is a real possibility during summer. Excessive drooling may include the signs of dehydration. Dogs and cats like to sunbathe, but direct sunlight can overheat them and lead to heatstroke.
- Apply sunscreen:
We have a misconception that only human beings need to apply sunscreen, but pets need to also. They can get sunburns, especially those with short or light hair. It can even lead to skin cancer. Sunscreen must be applied every 4 hours to the hair-covered spot if a day out is planned. Sunscreens made specifically for pets may be used.
- Avoid shaving:
We people have the fallacy that shaving can be the best prevention for overheating. A pet’s coat is designed to keep it cool during summer and warm in winter. We can trim the fur of our pet in summer, but shaving is not a good idea. Pets should be groomed regularly. It should be treated like one of the necessary routines of our life.
- Keep parasites off:
The torture of fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other parasites increases during summertime. Our pets should be kept away from them. They tend to carry tapeworms, heartworms, and other diseases such as Lyme or Bartonella.
- Don’t leave pets in a parked car:
When a pet pants in an enclosed place like a car, all that warm breath stays inside the vehicle. It is highly recommended to avoid leaving them in a parked car.
- Stay away from fireworks:
As we have all known since childhood, we should beware of fireworks. So, the same should be done with our pets. Enjoyment is an essential part of fireworks, but be careful that our happiness does not distress a pet. They usually get scared by fireworks and tend to run away. Fireworks are composed of potassium nitrate, a chemical that can be poisonous if consumed.
- Keep dog’s paws cold:
We should make an effort to keep our pets away from hot surfaces like cement and asphalt. It has the probability of burning paws and increasing body temperature, which results in overheating. It’s not even a good idea to travel around with your dog in the back of a truck. The hot metal has the possibility of burning paws quickly. Their claws and stomach can be cooled down swiftly by spraying water. If it’s not possible to take them out for a walk during the early and later hours of the day, doggy boots can be the best option to protect their paws.
- Try a life vest:
Like us, dogs enjoy playing in the water. They enjoy swimming in water like pools, lakes, or oceans. But we should be very cautious as to where they are set free. Not all dogs swim well. Powerful currents and riptides can pull a dog out to sea. Someday, we would love to take our dog sailing or boating, and we should be sure that the pet wears a life vest in a bright color in case of a mishap.
- Visit the vet:
Keep track of your pets in summer, as there are chances of heatstroke. A regular visit to the vet in spring or early summer for a checkup is an essential criterion for your pets.
- Well-balanced diet:
Dogs tend to consume less in summer and end up spending more energy to lower their body temperatures. They need to have foods that are well-packed with adequate energy levels, vitamins, minerals, etc. They should be fully fed with a well-balanced energy-dense diet with healthy dry food. Rice and curds contain more water and don’t have adequate energy, vitamins, proteins, etc. Remember that water is a must. It helps to flush away all the toxins helping them to lead a better and healthy life.
- A cold bed:
Try to remove cushiony bedding from your pet’s crate. It will be more comfortable lying on the cooler bottom rather than on blankets or fleece.
The summer months can be uncomfortable, even dangerous for pets and people, too. It isn’t easy to cope with the rising temperature. But we can keep our pets safe, healthy, and cool this summer by following the tips mentioned above. If we adhere to the fundamentals mentioned, we can enjoy every season without any worries.