Summer days mean picnics, swimming in the lake, and playing Frisbee with Fido. For Fido, however, the hot summer sun can also mean sunburn, sunstroke, and heat exhaustion. With the temperature beginning to rise, keep your pets cool this summer.
Water, water everywhere – and lots of drops to drink!
Ensure that your pet has access to cool, fresh water at all times. Unlike humans who can drink Gatorade to hydrate quickly and replenish their electrolytes, animals must rely solely on the water to keep themselves hydrated.
If possible, let your animals come inside during the worst heat every day.
Early afternoon is the hottest time of day for any living thing: letting your cats or dogs soak up some air conditioning for a few hours every day will keep them cool and stop your worrying.
Make sure that your pets have access to shady spots at all times.
Trees are the best sources of protection from the sun. If that isn’t possible, make sure that your pet can get under a covered area, such as a patio or porch.
Keep the pet’s water supply cool and fresh.
The water will heat up as the day passes, so either changes the dish often or invest in an auto-watering system. Many models attach to your outdoor water faucet: as your pet depletes the water supply, the system adds more without overflowing or making a mess.
Never leave your animal in a car, even for just a few minutes.
The temperature inside the vehicle quickly rises to the point where any living thing inside will either die or become very, very sick. Even if you park in the shade and leave the windows down an inch or two, you’re still putting your beloved pet at risk. You should leave your dog at home where he can stay in the shade or inside and have plenty of access to fresh, cool water.
Don’t expect your pets to be playful or overly active on hot days.
They don’t need to overexert themselves any more than you do. Like humans, pets can suffer from heat exhaustion or heat strokes.
Some pets love to swim.
Provide these animals with a kid’s wading pool so that they can cool off whenever they get too hot. You can also take your dog with you on trips to the lake or other bodies of water. If he loves to swim, the cool water will be great. The time he gets to spend with his human masters only makes the experience better for everybody.
You might be tempted to shave off all of your pet’s hair, but this is not a good idea. The hair protects your animal’s skin from the sun. The hair also helps channel cool air to your pet’s skin, which helps him stay cooler. Instead of buzzing everything, trim the hair to a shorter length. A professional groomer can do this inexpensively and properly.
If your pet seems sick or otherwise abnormal, call your veterinarian immediately.
If your cat or dog is dehydrated or is suffering from heat exhaustion, he’ll need quick treatment to get well again.By following these guidelines, you and your pets will have a safe and happy summer.