Summer has arrived and the warm sunny days have become longer. Your pet dog needs extra care and attention, to ensure its well-being during the hot summer days. If you are not sure how to go about caring for your pet, here are some tips and suggestions that will ensure that your mutt has a happy time in the weeks ahead.
1. Give plenty of water and wet foods/treats
While taking your pet for a walk or to the ground, make sure you have sufficient supply of water. Keep its water bowl in a shaded area to avoid the bowl getting heated up causing your pet to get a scalded tongue. Frozen dog treats or snacks and wet foods are good for increasing their liquid intake.
2. Keep pets in cool and open spaces
Don’t keep your pets in cramped spaces with poor ventilation as they may feel suffocated and this can be dangerous for them. Try to keep them in open shady spaces with their shelters or carriers surrounded by ice packs.
3. Avoid excessive exercise on hot days
Be careful while taking your dog for a jog on a warm day as excessive exercise may affect your pet’s health.
4. Pay attention to the warning signs
Some of the symptoms such as excessive panting, increased heart and respiratory rate, weakness, drooling, diarrhea and vomit, high body temperature or collapse imply that your pet is not able to cope up with the surrounding environment or is having a heat stroke.
5. Don’t leave your pet waiting in a closed parked vehicle
During summer, it is hazardous to keep dogs in closed parked vehicles even for brief periods of time as the car can heat up quickly and cause fatal heat strokes.
6. Keep fur trimmed
You need to give special attention to your pet’s fur during summer. While a shave may be a relief to your pet from the sweat, fur protects it from the sun, biting flies and mosquitoes, hence it’s best to just trim away their fur.
7. Take them for walks during cooler hours
As hot summers are not good for your pet, it’s better to take your pet for a walk early in the morning, or in the evening or night
8. Meet the Vet
As summer approaches, it’s advisable to take your pooch to the Vet, in order to check whether you are taking proper measures required for preventing heartworms, ticks and fleas.
9. Avoid crowded places
Crowded places are best avoided as these may cause anxiety and stress to your pet. It’s best to keep them indoors or away from the crowd this summer.
10. Get a kiddie pool for your dog
A kiddie pool for your pet dog not only provides relief from the scorching heat but also acts as a refreshing indoor pastime for it.