Caring for pets during the summer months requires special attention to ensure their wellbeing and comfort. Hot weather can bring challenges and risks for our furry friends. Here are some essential tips to help you care for your pets over the hot Summer months:
Hydration is Key:
Just like their owners, it is important to stay hydrated in the Summer heat. Pets must have access to clean, fresh water at all times. One tip is to leave multiple bowls of water around your home.
Some pets find it hard to regulate their body temperature and keep cool. It’s important to keep them in calm and comfortable surroundings. Also, limit your pets’ outdoor activities during the hottest parts of the day. If you have a dog, choose cooler times of the day such as early mornings or late evenings for walks.
Ensure your pets have access to shaded areas both indoors and outdoors. You can use fans or air conditioning to create a comfortable environment. Cooling mats or damp towels can also help.
Never Leave Pets in Parked Cars:
Many holidaymakers drive long journeys for their Summer holidays. However, at home or away, never leave a pet unattended in a parked car as it can be extremely dangerous in the Summer heat.
Avoid Hot Surfaces
Remember that pet’s paws can burn on hot surfaces. If you walk your dog in the cooler parts of the day, this may not be a problem. However, the grass in your garden can also heat up and burn your pet’s paws so take care.
Watch for Heatstroke:
If you suspect your pet has heatstroke, move them somewhere cool, provide water and consult your vet with any concerns.
Watch out for Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes:
Parasites are more prevalent during the summer months. Make sure your pets are protected with the appropriate flea and tick treatments. Small mammals such as Guinea Pigs can suffer from infestations in the heat, so do take care and consult your vet for any advice or treatment.
Plan your holiday pet care:
If you are planning a Summer holiday, make sure you have appropriate pet care sorted. Make sure your sitter is briefed on your pet’s usual routine, pet food and vet’s contact details.
Research if travelling with your pet:
If you are travelling abroad, you need to do some research as requirements will depend on destination. Always consult your vet and it is likely there will be paperwork and possibly quarantine requirements. Ensure that your insurance covers your pet’s holiday and locate the nearest veterinary practice. If you are staying closer to home, do your best to stick to your pet’s usual routine to make them feel as comfortable as possible.
Monitor your pet’s appetite:
Your pet’s appetite may be affected by the Summer heat and any changes to routine can make them anxious resulting in a reduced appetite. You can help your pet by ensuring it’s routine is as normal as possible and by providing a cool environment for feeding time. You may need to provide smaller and more frequent meals although take care it doesn’t spoil in the heat. Staying hydrated is always important too.
By following these tips, you can help your pets stay healthy, happy, and safe through the Summer season.