How to Keep Your Pets Cool in Summer
Summer is nearly here, and our furry companions need extra care to stay comfortable in the heat. Today, we explore some essential summer safety tips for pets to ensure their well-being during the sweltering season.
Here are our top pet tips for summer, which apply to pet owners and pet sitters alike:
1. Keep Them Hydrated
Offer fresh, cool water in multiple accessible bowls throughout your home and outdoor areas. Ensure a constant supply of water and top it up regularly.
2. Water Fun for Dogs
Many dogs adore splashing in water. Supervised play in a plastic pool is a refreshing activity to help them cool down.
If you can't your hands on a pool, fill a bucket of water for your dog to have a splash. Always supervise dogs around human-sized pools and waterways, even if your dog can swim.
3. Treats with a Chill Factor
Prepare frozen treats using water or low-sodium stock as a delightful way to beat the heat on hot summer days.
4. Grooming for Comfort
For pets with long fur, consider a trim, but leave at least an inch for protection. Daily brushing aids in heat regulation.
5. Smart Walking in Summer
Choose cooler hours for dog walks, either in the early morning or late evening to avoid scorching pavements. Also, select walking routes with natural shade.
Trees and shady pathways can help your dog avoid direct sun exposure.
6. Shade for Caged Companions
Caged pets such as birds, rabbits, and guinea pigs need shade, whether outdoors or inside. Be very mindful of keeping these little pets safe and cool in summer, as they can be sensitive to hot temperatures.
7. Sun Protection for Sun-Lovers
Pets with light-coloured or exposed skin can benefit from pet-friendly sunscreen. Look for safe options at your local pet store.
8. Car Safety
Educate yourself on the dangers of leaving pets unattended in a car during the day, even during seemingly mild weather. It's important to never, ever leave a pet alone in a car, even for a few minutes. Doing so can be fatal.
9. Identifying Heatstroke
Be vigilant for signs of heatstroke such as excessive panting, drooling, weakness, or confusion. If your pet shows these symptoms, take them to a cool space, dab them with a cool cloth and give them water to drink.
10. Immediate Vet Attention
If your efforts to cool down your pet don't work, don't wait: take them to the vet as soon as possible.
11. Indoor Retreat
Create a cool indoor sanctuary for your pets.
Use fans or air conditioning to maintain a comfortable temperature, and close curtains to minimise heat building inside.
12. Avoid Hot Pavements
Remember, asphalt and concrete can become searing even in the evening. Protect your pet's paws with booties, walk your dog at night or choose grassy routes. The best way to check if the pavement is safe for your pet is by holding the back of your hand on the ground for 7 seconds. If it's too hot for your hand, then delay their walk for a cooler time.
13. Outdoor Shelter
If your pets stay outdoors, make sure they have access to shaded areas where they can escape the sun. In addition, keep plenty of water containers around in case your pet knocks one over.
14. Paw Check
Inspect your pet's paws regularly. Hot surfaces can cause burns or discomfort.
Keep their paws cool and speak to your vet about skin-soothing balms to protect their skin.
15. A Clean, Airy Space
Ensure your pet's living space is comfortable and clean. Good ventilation in summer helps maintain a pleasant environment for your furry friend. In addition, wash your pet's bedding frequently to keep it clean and fresh.
16. Pet-Friendly Fans
Fans can be great at cooling your home, but use them with pet safety in mind. Make sure that portable fans are on a stable surface and that cables are out of reach.
17. Ice Cubes for Play
Some pets love licking and playing with ice cubes as toys. They can be a fun and cooling treat, but always supervise to prevent choking.
18. Heat-Resistant Toys
Choose toys made of materials that won't get too hot in the sun, such as dark plastic chew toys. For a bonus, pop your pet's favourite toy in the freezer to chill it before they play with it. This works particularly well for kongs and hard chew toys.
19. Pet Cooling Mats
Invest in a few cooling mats designed for pets. These handy mats help regulate body temperature and provide a comfortable spot to rest.
20. Summer Pet Grooming
Summer pet grooming can be a good idea, as it helps to remove excess fur and prevent matting. However, ask your groomer if this is right for your pet. Some pets have coats that regulate their temperatures in extreme weather and don't need touching.
By following these summer pet safety tips, you can look forward to a safe, fun summer with your beloved pets. Stay vigilant and proactive in keeping them cool and comfortable during the hottest months of the year, especially when pet-sitting. It's your responsibility to provide the best care to your client's pets, no matter what the weather.
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