Pets are like family members and we love them so much. As a pet owner you surely take great care of your furry friends, but it is worth giving you some reminder tips for the summer.
Keep Them Hydrated
Animals get dehydrated easily in hot weather. In temperature surges make sure their water bowl is always full. If you have a dog, give him or her frequent baths to keep them cool. Cats are not big fans of baths and showers, so drinking enough water and staying in a cool place should be good enough for them.
When you go for a walk with your dog, don’t take too long and where possible choose areas with a shade. Also, carry enough water with you so you can give your pet if there’s no river or pond with safe-to-drink water around. Early mornings or late evenings might be the best time to go out and avoid extreme heat.
Take Care of the Paws
Be mindful of the hot ground during the summer. Grassy fields will generally be fine for pets, but concrete and asphalt surfaces may burn the paws or cause overheating. Use wet towels to wipe and cool the paws and the belly. Spraying some water will also help.
Keep Parasites Away
Take your pet to the vet in early summer to discuss medication and methods of parasites prevention. Green spaces are full of bugs and germs that can make your furry treasure really sick. Fleas can be brought home and infest your living space. Getting rid of them once they spread is not the easiest task.
Daily vacuuming plays a role not only in parasite prevention and control, but also in helping everyone at home breathe more easily. Including your pet. As animals are closer to the ground, they are the first to inhale dust particles, allergens and germs from the carpet. This, combined with hot weather can really distress your pet and the humans in the property.
Don’t Shave the Fur
You may be tempted to shave your pet’s fur in an attempt to keep them cool. That, however, is a mistake. Dogs and cats skin is really delicate and if exposed directly to the sun can burn very easily. A fur cut may be more appropriate, but if it is too short, remember to apply sunscreen for protection. Alternatively, just give them regular baths and enough water.
Protect Them from Loud Noises
Fireworks displays are common during summertime. While we all enjoy the beauty of colourful lights falling from the sky, animals get scared from the loud noises. Cannons cause serious stress for most pets. If you can’t completely eliminate the noise, make sure you offer your pet a snuggle to keep them calm and feeling secure.
Don’t Leave Them Alone for Long Periods of Time
If you are going on a holiday and not able to bring your pet with you, please make alternative arrangements for their care. Domestic animals should not be left alone at home for longer than a day. It presents a serious threat to their physical and mental health. If you have a good relationship with your neighbours they may be the first point of contact for looking after your pet while you are away. However, if this isn’t an option, you can look for a pet hotel, where professionals will take great care of your favourite ball of fur.