Summer is coming and you can have lots of fun outdoors with your dear pets. But when the temperature soars, there are a few precautions that you should take to protect your pet from the heat wave.
Whether it is to walk indoors, a car ride, or just play in the park, it is important to keep your furry companion safe and healthy. Given below are some summer care tips for pets that you can keep in consideration.
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Watch out for the symptoms
During the heat wave, pets undergo excess of panting, increase heart rate and drooling. In such conditions, if they kept outdoors, ensure that they are resting in the shed or just move them indoors and let them relax in a cool and dry place with lots of clean water.
Never leave the pet alone in car
You should strictly refrain from keeping your pet in a closed car as it may lead to a stroke and suffocation. On a normal day, the temperature inside a car can soar up to 40°C within 10 minutes and can reach up to 120°C if left under direct sunlight. So, if you think that you are leaving your pet for just a few minutes, it is a strict no-no. If you are driving a furry friend around, make sure that you carry a water bottle and a bowl with you. Take your pet along with you when you leave the car. Always consider these points if you want to take care of your pet during summers.
Get rid of the parasites
Ensure that the pets are protected from ticks, fleas, and lice. Ticks are most active during the month of March until the mid of May and then from mid-August to November. It is highly advisable to always keep an anti-tick spray handy as it kills ticks instantly and you can get rid of that scratching nightmare. Ticks can also rapidly increase as the temperature dips i.e., during excessive winters.
Feeding the right food
If your pet loves a cold chunk of watermelon on a hot summer day, then that is no surprise. It is very important to include liquids in the diet or ensure that the food has consistency in the gravy. Along with that, cucumbers, bananas oranges, or some great summer foods for your pets. Ice creams are a strict no-no and chocolates too. Make sure pets do not get dehydrated due to scorching heat and ensure that you increase the water intake so you can opt for cold vegetable soups or chicken soups.
Some common signs of overheating can be:
• Heavy panting – We often see some dogs panting very heavily during summers that is because of the rise in temperature and the heatwave that follows thereafter. To take care of your dog during summers it is important to always keep a bowl full of water in front of them.
• Heavy drooling – This is another symptom often observed in dogs in summers.
• Trouble breathing – During summers most dogs have a difficulty in breathing and that is because they have a thick coat and if they are not kept in a well-ventilated room then they might have trouble breathing.
• Rapid heartbeat – The heartbeat of dogs becomes rapid, and this mostly happens as the temperatures soar high. To keep that in check it is imperative that your dog stays in a room that is airy and has a comfortable temperature.
• Dark or red gums and tongue – Their gums become red in summers and henceforth it is important that they are fed some cold fruits and liquids to keep such a condition at bay.
• Dizziness – Your pets feel dizzy in summers due to the hot and humid conditions.
Check the pavement with your hands
Before you head out for a walk, touch the pavement. If it’s too hot for your hand and it’s too hot for your dog’s paw pads. Walk on the grass and stay off the asphalt. You also might want to try booties for your dog so that their paws don’t burn.
Visit your vet often during summers
Keep his vaccinations up to date, especially in summer as some contagious diseases are more likable to spread in summer. The parvovirus spreads in hot weather and if your dog spends too much time outside then there is a probability that he might come in contact with some critter that has rabies. Summer is a high season for flies, which spreads many diseases, and mosquitoes that also carry heartworm.