It’s getting warmer outside and we all just want to get out of the house and spend as much time outside as possible. However, not only is summer approaching fast, but June is National Pet Preparedness Month, so we thought this would be a good time to share some tips which will help you take care of your pet and make those hot summer days bearable for them. Read ahead to learn how to be first-pet-aid prepared and how to prevent any heat-related problems.
Learn to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion
It’s important to remember that our pets can’t regulate their body temperature like we can. The only way they can actually cool themselves down is by panting and sweating through their paws. This is why we, as their owners, have to help them cool down when temperatures are high. In case you notice that your pet’s breathing is labored, that their tongue color has changed from dark red to purple, or that their pulse is fast, it means that they’re at risk from heat stroke which means you should get them to your local vet as soon as possible.
Keep cool and get your pet plenty of water
In order to reduce the chance of your pet having a heat stroke make sure that they have a place with plenty of shade to spend some time and cool down. Also, make sure that they stay well hydrated by leaving a bowl of fresh, cool water within their reach. You can even feed your pet with cold food during the really hot days. Also, consider a refreshing ‘cool down’ bath by using a garden hose, sprinkles or simply put a very wet towel over your pet. If your pet really loves water you can get a kiddie pool so your pet can lounge in it all day long.
Move any activities to early morning, evening or late night
If it’s too hot for you to go outside, it’s even hotter for your pet to spend any time out, so make sure you avoid taking them out when the temperatures are very high. Instead, take them out in early morning, evening or late at night. This is not important only because your pet has all that fur, but because they can get serious burns from the hot pavement. If it’s possible, make sure your pet’s walking on grass or dirt and always check their paws for any possible redness or pain. And remember, no pets left behind in cars! The temperature inside a car can rise at a much faster rate than the outdoor air temperature, so don’t leave your pet alone in the car – ever!
Grooming is important…
…especially in the summer, so consider giving your pet a haircut. Before you give your pet a trim consider your pet’s breed origins because it’s possible your pet is already adapted to the climate. It is, however, recommended if your dog or cat has long fur. Just remember, never shave your pet completely because this will diminish their natural sun protection and temperature regulation abilities. You should also apply sunscreen to their noses and ears to avoid any possible sun burns. Another thing to have in mind is having appropriate bedding for your pet in the summer, so make sure that their bed is placed directly under a fan so they always have a cool place to sleep.
There you go fellow pet owners! Enjoy your summer even more by making sure your pet is safe, happy and healthy because we all know that, if our pets are happy, we are happy.