Whilst the Summer heat is wonderful for certain activities, it can prove uncomfortable not only for us humans but also for our pets. Many of our furry friends spend a lot of time outside, especially in the backyard placing them directly under the potentially harsh sun, which can be detrimental to their health. Make sure you to take these precautionary measures to keep your furry friends cool this summer:
Make Room for Your Pet Indoors
Let your beloved pet stay cool inside the house or garage by keeping the air conditioner or fan on and closing the blinds when you’re out running errands. Cooling mats or vests are also a great idea.
Provide Plenty of Water
Fresh, cold water is important for continued hydration, so make sure you provide your pets with plenty whether they spend their time indoors or outdoors. Just like us humans, they lose moisture which needs to be constantly replenished, especially in the heat. An outdoor kiddie pool or sprinkler can also help them cool off.
Give them Cool Treats
Ice cubes or ice blocks that your pets can lick throughout the day can help a lot in keeping summer heat more manageable. Simply fill up an empty ice-cream container with water and freeze! There are also puppy ice pops and frozen chew toys that will make for the perfect chilly snack.
Trim Heavy Coated Furs
If your cat or dog has long hair, it’s important to groom them regularly to avoid tangles and keep them cool. However, before you proceed with shaving or clipping, make sure to consult the vet first, as some thick coats work to protect them from summer heat as well.
Build a Shelter or Shade Outdoors
When you’re letting your pets stay outside to have fun, it is advisable to provide them with adequate shelter and shady areas. Ensure that your dog house is roomy enough to let air flow through.
Schedule Walks Early Morning or Evening
We all know that dogs require regular exercise, but during hot seasons, try to take them out early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid walking during times of peak heat. Before you go out, check the temperature of the pavement with your bare hand. If it’s too hot for the human skin, it can hurt your dog’s paws too. Our wetlands will be the perfect location for your daily walk!
Watch Out for Symptoms of Heatstroke
Overheating is pretty common for furry animals in the summer. Be vigilant in observing signs of heatstroke. This means taking note of heavy panting, drooling, rapid heartbeat, dark or red gums and tongues, weakness and agitation. Prevention is always better than cure, after all.
Should your pet require medical attention, Thornhill Park is located right near Melton Veterinary Clinic, which is less than 10 minutes away by car.