Summertime means relaxing days under the sun, playing at a pet-friendly beach, and lots of outdoors fun with our dogs and cats. Summer is a great time to bond with our Fur Babies and create amazing memories.
But it is very important to keep in mind that higher temperatures also mean higher health risks for our Furry Friends.
First of all, it is very important to remember that our pets do not sweat in the same way humans do, and they can easily become overheated.
To avoid these problems and help our pets enjoy the summer season, keep in mind this Summer Pet Safety Tips.
1. Always Have Access To Cool Water
Dehydration in dogs and cats is a real possibility during the summer. Always make sure your pet has cool, clean water available and don’t forget your water bottle when going outside.
It is very important to find a nice shaded area where your pet can stay away from the sun. Remember that even tho dogs and cats like to sunbathe, direct sunlight can overheat them and lead to heatstroke.
2. Know The Signs Of A Heatstroke
It is very important to know that a dog's normal temperature is between 100° and 103°F, while a normal temperature in cats ranges from 100.4º to 102.5ºF.
Please notice that anything higher than that means your pet’s in danger. So it is very important to watch for these possible symptoms of overheating:
- Heavy panting
- Dry or bright red gums
- Thick drool
- Vomiting and/or Diarrhea
- Wobbly legs
What to Do If Your Pet Is Overheated
- Move your pet to a cool and quiet place, shaded, or an air-conditioned area.
- Apply ice packs or cold towels to your pet’s paws, head, neck, and chest. Please, do not place your pet in cold water since the temperature difference can put them into shock.
- Give your pet small amounts of cool water to drink, or lick ice cubes.
- Take your pet to a veterinarian ASAP.
3. DO NOT Leave Your Pet In The Car!
When under direct sunlight, car temperature can heat up to over 100 degrees in summer.
So please, even if it’s for a short period of time, keep in mind that it takes less than 10 min for your dog and cats to develop a heat stroke inside a hot vehicle.
4. Protect Your Pet’s Skin
Not only humans get sunburns, but our pets can also get sunburn too, especially if they have short or light fur.
It is very important to apply pet-approved sunscreen when planning on spending long periods of time under direct sunlight, especially on their ears and bellies.
5. DO NOT Shave Your Pet
We might get confused, and think that our pets will feel cooler without fur, but a pet's coat is naturally designed to keep them cool during the summer and warm in the winter.
We recommend trimming the fur on your pet in the summer but never shave. Be sure to leave at least a full inch of hair to protect your pet’s skin from sunburns.
6. Mind Your Walking Hours
The best way to avoid overheating and help your pet stay cool, we recommend going for an early morning walk or a late afternoon one, avoiding the hottest hours of the day (12:00-17:00 pm). And remember to always carry a water bottle with you.
7. Keep Parasite Off Your Fur Baby
Check your pet daily for fleas and ticks. In summer, fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other parasites are almost everywhere.
They carry tapeworms, heartworms, and diseases such as Lyme or Bartonella that can put your pet's health at risk.
It is very important to ask your vet for the appropriate medical prescriptions to keep your Fur Baby pest-free and healthy.
8. Keep Your Pet's Paws Cool
Pets heat and cool from the bottom up, they regulate their body temperature through their paws. It is very important to keep your pet off of hot surfaces like cement, metal, and asphalt.
Not only can it burn their paws, but it can also increase body temperature and lead to overheating.
Remember that a great way to avoid overheating is by applying cold damp towels on their paws. And if you have to walk during hot hours, we recommend using doggy boots.
Summertime is for enjoying a yummy pup-sicle or going for a pur-fect picnic, creating unforgettable memories with our lovely Fur Babies. Remember to keep these tips in mind and your Fur Baby will surely have a Pawsome Summer!
Article Credit: PetPlop