Temperatures are soaring high and you already feel done with the season while this is the beginning! You have really got a summer checklist to beat the heat, but what about your pets? Are they secure enough?
We are sure you already try to do your best for your little babies, so we are just trying to make things easier for you that might help you further.
Tips for Pet Care in Summers:
1. Keep Them Hydrated
First things first, make sure that your pet is always hydrated!
Dehydration in pets is a real possibility during summer. Signs of dehydration include dry gums and excessive drooling. Make sure your pet always has access to fresh, clean water inside the house and bring a bottle for your furry companion when going outside, just like you do for yourself. You might also switch to a wet dog food during the hotter months to increase fluid intake.
It is also a good idea to clean the bowl routinely and to keep it in the shade, lest it should get warm.
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2. Know the symptoms of overheating
A dog’s normal temperature is between 100° and 103°F, while a normal temperature in cats ranges from 100.4º to 102.5ºF. Anything higher than that means your pet is in danger. Dogs and cats don’t sweat like we do. They drink water and pant to bring down their body temperature. So, it is essential for you as a pet parent to know the symptoms of overheating in your pet.
Watch for these possible symptoms:
- Heavy panting
- Thick/Ropey saliva
- Dry or bright red gums
- Wobbly legs
If your pet shows any of the above-mentioned signs, then quickly move them to a cool place, give them a drink of water, put a damp towel over their body, and get them to the vet asap.
*Note- Don’t place your pet in cold water, that can put them into shock.
3. Never Leave Your Pet Inside The Car
You might or not have heard of this one before, but this is utterly important. It only takes a few minutes for a pet to develop heat stroke and suffocate in a car. So avoid taking your pet in the car during summers and if at all, you have to, never leave them alone inside it
4. Outdoor Activities
In this sunny season, avoid taking your pet outside in the peak hours for any outdoor activity like walking, playing, swimming and so on. Prefer early morning or late evening or further when the temperature is relatively comfortable and cooler.
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5. Smart Grooming
Your pet’s coat keeps them cool in summer thus, trim your pet but don’t give them a clean shave and deprive them of their coat that protects them from the heat and the skin damage from the harsh UV Rays.
Be sure to leave at least a full inch of hair to protect your pet’s skin from sunburns. And don’t forget about your pet’s regular grooming schedule, no matter what season it is.
6. Homemade Frozen Treats
You may find that your pet builds an aversion towards food during summers. They might either start eating very less or sometimes you’ll notice the loss of appetite in them. In such a scenario, you can tempt them by tweaking their diet and making it summer friendly. Here are some food items that you can feed your pet to build their appetite in summers:
- Frozen Chicken Soup Cubes- You can simply give them this or mix it with rice. If you have a dog as a pet, we are sure it will be their next favourite treat.
- Frozen Fruit Treats- Seasonal fruits like watermelon, muskmelon, apples, bananas, oranges, and strawberries can make for a great treat. The idea is to cut fruits into small pieces and freeze them together or separately. Make sure that you remove all rinds, seeds, and peels before feeding the treats to your pet.
- Cheese pops- if your pet is not lactose intolerant then this is one of the best treats for them as cheese pops are both fun and healthy. Just mix some chicken and chicken stock with cheese and freeze them and it’s ready!
- Yogurt mix: Yogurt mixed with fruits also makes for a great snack. Try mixing yogurt with strawberries and watermelon and serve them frozen to your pet. This mixture will not only keep them cool but is a good source of antioxidants.
- Wet Food- You can also switch their food from dry to wet food, this will help your pet in retaining their diet.
*Note: Check with your vet first about which option(s) out of these are fit/unfit for your pet.
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Pets cannot be verbal about how they are feeling and what affects them, but their physical being speaks a lot. It’s on your vigilance that how effectively you can understand the signs and take necessary action.
Happy Summers…Happy Parenting 🙂