Summer is a wonderful time to pamper your furry pals. However, heatwaves pose a greater risk to our pets, including more wounds, skin and ear infections, and the risk of heat exhaustion. Because pets do not sweat as much as people, they can quickly become uncomfortable.
Here are some tips to take care of your pets during summers and avoid these issues.
Water and shade should be plenty
During the summer, dehydration is the main problem among animals. When it becomes hot, our pets need a lot more water than humans. Make sure your pets stay hydrated during the months of summer. And as much as possible, keep your dog in the shelter. Bright sunlight can lead them to overheat and they can suffer from heatstroke.
Recognize the warning signs
A dog's normal temperature is between 100 and 103 degrees Fahrenheit, whereas a cat's normal temperature is between 100.4 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything above that indicates, your pet is not well. Dogs and cats do not sweat as much as humans do. To lower their body temperature, they sip water and pant.
If your pet show symptoms of heat exhaustion, take them to a cool place, give them water, and take them to the doctor as soon as possible. Do not immediately put your pet in cold water this can harm them.
If you want to spend the day with your pet outside, make sure you apply sunscreen to their body. Especially the part of their body with the least amount of hair. Only use sunscreen made especially for pets only.
Don't shave your dog or cat
You might believe that shaving your dog or cat for the summer is a great idea to keep them cool, but it's a big no. A pet's coat is built to keep them cool in the summer and warm in the winter. In the summer, you can trim your pet's fur do not shave it all.
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Keep track of your pet's walking time
If you have a dog, only take him for a walk in the morning and evening. It's never a good idea to go out in harsh sunlight because it's not good for both of you. Take breaks in the shade and keep water on hand when you're outside with him.
Make sure your dog's paws are clean and cool
Pets generate heat and cool from the ground. Keep your pet away from the hot floor. It can raise the temperature of their body and can cause problems such as dehydration and body overheating.
Keep parasites at bay
Fleas, mosquitoes, and other parasites are almost everywhere during the summer. They can infect your pet and cause diseases such as Lyme or Bartonella. To keep your pet pest-free, consult your animal doctor for the required medical prescriptions.
Summer is a challenging time for all beings, including your pet. Make sure you take of your pet and follow the above routine to keep your furry friend Summer safe. CitySpidey wishes all pet owners a Happy National Pet day.