Beat The Heat - A Guide To Pet Care In The Summer
Posted on 11 June 2015
Summer is here and this is the best time to take a break from the grind and spend time with your furry friends. While it may be exciting to get out and play, one needs to be careful and extra alert of seasonal dangers. Here is a simple checklist that will help you keep your dog safe when the temperature rises.
Clipping the fur
The simplest thing would be to trim your dog’s coat to help maintain their body temperature and stop the heat from building up. At the same time, ensure that you do not over trim, as their fur also protects them from the sun. A dog’s fur in the summer is a double edged sword so consult your vet before you decide either way.
One very vital tip is to give your dog lots and lots of water to drink. This will help to regulate the body's temperature. However, make sure the bowl is clean at all times as they are prone to germs and bacteria in the summer, which could affect your pet's health.
Dogs are also extremely prone to dehydration in the summer so find ways to get them to drink more water. You can put some ice in their bowls or keep water bowls in different rooms in the house so that wherever your pet feels thirsty, a bowl of water is right there.
Stay in the shade
Your pet needs as much shade as you do. In fact, unlike humans, dogs do not sweat and may even suffer a heatstroke. You can let them play outdoors, but when the temperatures aren’t too harsh. Early mornings and late evenings are ideal but if that is not possible, consider installing a dog playpen instead.
In the summers, the pavement can heat up and burn your dog’s paws when you take him/her out for a walk. Protect your pet from rough terrain and hot asphalt when you take it for its daily walk with dog socks or dog booties. However make sure your pet doesn’t stay in boots all day, because dogs sweat through their paws and air circulation is vital.
Small and enclosed spaces have poor ventilation and may be the reason behind sunstrokes in dogs. Therefore, keep your dog in an open space, the bigger the space, the better for the dog.
Be safe and cool this summer with your furry friend! Suggest and share your own tried and tested ways of keeping Fido cool and happy in the summer!