As the weather begins to warm up and we approach the summer months, our first instinct is often to get outside and enjoy the hot weather! However, it is extremely important to remember that just because we want to be outside does not mean our pets do. To keep your pets healthy and cool this summer, follow these tips!
Time Your Walks
During the summer, it is common for dog owners to go on walks during the middle of the day to enjoy the warm sun. Doing so can be very dangerous for pets because asphalt quickly absorbs and retains heat, which can in turn burn your dog’s paws. To prevent this from happening, walk your dogs early in the morning before the sun comes out or during the evening once the asphalt has cooled down. Doing this can help you beat the heat as well as protect your furry friend’s paws!
Although this may seem like common sense, failure to properly hydrate your pet can be a big reason as to why they get overheated. During the summer, it is important to always keep your pet’s water bowl filled with clean water all day long. If you suspect that your pet may be dehydrated or overheating, choosing water that is packed with electrolytes can help to nourish and replenish their bodies.
Be Aware of Humidity
As important as it is to protect your pet from heat, humidity can also be the culprit of why your pet can overheat during the summer. Most animals pant to cool themselves down, which usually evaporates moisture from their lungs and in turn takes heat away from their body. If it is overly humid outside your pet will not be able to cool themselves, and their temperature will rise. To avoid this, keeping your pet indoors during days like this is best.
Make DIY Pet Popsicles
Depending on what your pet likes and is able to eat, making them popsicles can be a fun activity that helps to cool them down on a hot summer day. If your dog loves peanut butter, blending together dog biscuits can create a delicious mid-day treat. All that you need for these are popsicle molds, your pet’s favorite food, and a freezer! This DIY treat is simple, easy, and affordable.
Learn How to Treat a Heat Stroke
If you suspect that your pet is having a heat stroke, immediately move them to an air conditioned area or one that is in the shade. If available, apply ice packs or cold towels to their head, neck and chest or take them to a bathtub and run cool water over them. Let them drink small amounts of cool water and take them to a veterinarian as soon as possible.
If you have any questions about how to care for your pet during summer, give us a call at 714-776-7387!