With the longer days, warmer temperatures and the hottest June on UK record it’s clear that summer is here. This season brings with it a unique set of challenges for our furry companions.
Whether it’s the intense heat, increased risk of dehydration and heat stroke, or simply a change in routine, our pets need special attention during these warmer months. In this blog post, we’ll delve into seven crucial tips for keeping your pets safe, healthy, and content during the summer.
Just as with humans, hydration is vital for pets, particularly in the hot summer months. Ensure your pet has constant access to fresh, clean water both indoors and outdoors. When going on walks or trips, bring a portable pet water bottle. Also, keep an eye out for signs of dehydration in your pet, such as excessive panting, dry gums, or lethargy.
Avoid Hot Pavements
Hot pavements can be a serious hazard for our four-legged friends. If it’s too painful for you to place the back of your hand on a pavement for seven seconds, then it’s too painful for your dog to walk on. Try to schedule walks during cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or late evening.
If this isn’t possible, or your dogs mental health or toileting needs require a walk in hot conditions, walk in shade, especially wooded areas as the air will be cooler. If none of this is possible, invest in protective pet booties or stick to grassy areas. In any case, take water with you and wet your dog before setting out and keep them wet with a mister spray during your walk.
Manage Fleas and Ticks
Summer is prime time for these pesky parasites. Keep your pet safe by staying on top of their preventative treatments. Regularly check your pet for fleas and ticks, especially after walks or time spent outside. If you spot any, contact your vet immediately for advice on removal and treatment.
Maximise Fun, Minimise Risks During Summer Activities
Summer is the perfect time for outdoor adventures, but make sure they’re safe. Whether it’s a trip to the beach, a hike, or a simple walk in the park, keep your pet on a leash to avoid them running off, getting lost or being a nuisance to more sensitive dogs or members of the public. Don’t forget to bring enough water for both of you and remember to take regular breaks in the shade.
Watch Out for Heat Stroke
Pets can suffer from heat stroke just like humans. Be aware of the symptoms, such as heavy panting, drooling, rapid heartbeat, and excessive thirst. Never leave your pet in a parked car, even for a short time. If you suspect your pet has heat stroke, contact your vet immediately.
Provide water to drink and soak your dog with tap water. Avoid covering your dog in a soaked towel as this can quickly heat up and become a blanket. Keep your dog wet with a mister spay. Research has found that flat-faced dogs (brachycephalic dogs), are more than twice as likely to develop heatstroke when compared to dogs with a longer muzzle, so be especially vigilant if you own a flat-faced breed.
Maintain a Balanced Diet
With the change in season, your pet’s dietary needs might change slightly. Avoid overfeeding them, especially before or after intense physical activity. Also, be cautious with summertime treats. Some human foods like chocolate, avocados, grapes, and raisins can be toxic to pets.
Provide a Cool Retreat
Make sure your pet has a cool, shady place to retreat to when the heat gets too intense. Indoors, keep the air circulating with fans or air conditioning. Outdoors, consider a pet cooling mat or elevated pet bed to keep your furry friend comfortable.
In summary, summer can be a joyous time for both pets and their owners, with a bit of careful preparation and caution. By following these seven tips, you can ensure that your pet enjoys the summer safely and comfortably. And, remember, Paw Pals is always here to assist with all your pet care needs, be it walks, feeds, or just a friendly visit.
Enjoy the summer months with peace of mind, knowing that your pets are in the best hands!