Protecting Pets From the Heat
It's easy for us to take off our coats, drink cold water, and put on mosquito repellent to keep us satisfied in the summer however, this is a whole different story for our pets. Our pets require our help in the summer to avoid heat stroke, being infested, or becoming sick. Here are a few quick steps to take to keep your pet happy in the summer.
Cut it off – In the summer, we dress in shorts and a loose shirt to keep us cool. Our pets do not have that option so it's up to you to keep them cool. When the weather begins to show signs of summer in the spring it's time to clip your pet's fur. Dogs create their own heat so they do not need all of their fur keeping them extra warm in the summer. Shave your pet down as much as you can! Also, it is not the best idea to keep your pet in the house when it is extremely air conditioned. Your pet may not be able to handle going from extremely hot to cold conditions.
Hydration – During the summer heat, always make sure your pet has a fresh bowl of water. Your pet knows when the water is getting old so when there is fresh water your pet will be happy! If your pet is dehydrated, the effects can lead to serious health problems. Your pet may be dehydrated if there is a change in appetite or fatigue. When going for those long summer walks, make sure to take a bottle of water for you and your pet.
Little Critters – You never know what little critters are hiding in the grass that your pet goes running through. Summer is the season of fleas and ticks so it is best to get a flea collar or tick repellant. It is important to try to find the best flea and tick control suitable for your pet. Whenever your pets come from the outdoors, check them thoroughly for ticks. If you happen to find something out of the ordinary, take your pet to the veterinarian right away. If it is a tick, it is best to get it removed by a vet to ensure it is properly removed.
Shade – Keeping pets outside for a minimum amount of time is crucial for their health. Pets can suffer from heatstroke quite easily. Signs of heatstroke are whining, sluggish behavior, irregular panting, difficulty breathing, and other odd activities. If you think your pet is suffering from heat stroke, place them in a cool bath, but not freezing cold water that it would shock them but enough for their bodies to cool down. Take your pet to the veterinarian immediately if you think they are suffering heat stroke.