The sun will no doubt be a nice change from the colder weather we have recently experienced, but it is worth noting that the sun’s rays and summer months can be dangerous times for your pets. We have put together a useful guide for caring for your pets in warm summer weather to keep them safe and well.
It’s important that you always ensure your pet has access to plenty of fresh water to help keep them stay hydrated. It’s a good idea to leave numerous water containers in various places to ensure there is always a source, should one of them spill. Adding ice to the water and keeping it in the shade will help keep it cooler for longer.
Avoid Hot Cars, Caravans and Conservatories
It goes without saying that any pet should NEVER be left alone in a hot environment for any amount of time. Five minutes is all it takes for an animal to experience an agonising death if they are trapped inside a car. Leaving windows open and parking in the shade is still a dangerous situation for animals to be in. Always ensure your pet is left in a cool, suitable place if you need to leave them unattended.
Avoid Shaving Animal
Fur Double coated dogs don’t need to be shaved for the summer as their undercoat is designed to keep them cool. They will naturally shed their undercoat during the hot months and their top-coat acts to protect from sun burn. If you shave off their undercoat, albeit with good intentions, they have to grow it back and this will make them even hotter. For cats, the same rule applies. It is perfectly ok to get rid of dead hair and to give a long-haired breed a trim for the summer in order for the hair is more manageable, but you should never go as far as the skin. It’s highly recommended that you always seek a professional groomer to cut your pet’s hair.
Treat Fleas and Ticks
Warm weather is a perfect time for fleas and ticks to thrive. To keep unnecessary itching at bay, make sure your pet is up to date with their regular pest treatments. You can purchase many products in your local pet supply store, or contact your local vet for more advice if you are unsure what treatment to use.
Many animals control their body temperature through their feet. If your pet seems to be in distress, try wetting their paws with water or cooling their face with a gentle mist spray. Taking your dog for a walk when the pavement or sand is hot to touch can burn your dog’s paws and cause them a lot of pain. On days that are really hot, walking your dog in the early morning or evening when the ground is cooler or on grassy areas will make your dog feel more comfortable.
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