Here’s what to do if you want to take care of your pets this summer!
The summer season has always been a fun time for us and our families. It’s the perfect time to hit the beach, sporting our favorite summer outfits we have been saving to wear at this time of the year. While this is indeed an exciting time, the hot weather may pose a threat, especially to our pets.
Just like humans, our companion animals have limited tolerance to extreme weather conditions. Their safety and wellbeing are just as important as ours. Thus, here are some tips on how you can take care of your pets during summertime:
1. Protect their paws.
Imagine walking in burning coal with your bare feet. That is what pets feel when they are running on the ground under the scorching heat of the sun. While dogs and cats often use paws to release heat, this part of their body should be protected as much as possible. Avoid walking on surfaces, such as asphalt and cement. If you can’t avoid it, dog boots are great barriers between their paws and hot ground. Giving them paw protection makes you feel assured that your pet will run more comfortably during this summer season.
2. Provide them plenty of water.
Just like their owners, pets are very susceptible to dehydration. They get thirstier when the weather is hotter. Thus, they must have access to clean water inside your house. If you’re walking with them in the park or having a picnic outside, make sure to bring a bottle of water for your pet. Consider switching to wet food that helps them increase their fluid intake.
3. Refrain from shaving your pets this summer.
A common misconception that pet owners usually have is that shaving your dog or cat will stop them from overheating. While a pet’s coat keeps them warm during the winter, it keeps them cool during the summer season. Instead of shaving, trim your pet’s fur a little and leave at least a full inch of hair to prevent them from getting sunburns.
4. Keep bugs and parasites off.
Summer is the favorite season for mosquitoes, fleas, ticks, and other parasites… so beware. They are practically everywhere and carry many diseases that may be harmful to your pets. Schedule an appointment with your veterinarian and ask him the best products or ways that you can protect your pet from these bugs and parasites.
5. Apply sunscreen.
Just like your skin, your pet’s skin needs protection from the heat of the sun too. Otherwise, they will be at risk of having sunburns. And what’s an excellent way to protect your skin from the harsh rays of the sun? Of course, sunscreen! Remember, your sunscreen cannot be your pet’s sunscreen. Certain types may be lethal, so it is best to ask your vet for the safest types found on the market.
When you think of it, taking care of pets during the summer season is not difficult. It just requires your attention and caution. There are so many ways to enjoy summer while keeping your pets safe and comfortable. Just make sure to take care of them and you will definitely have a great time.