Pet Safety: Top Summertime Tips
Summer days are here, your pet is lying contentedly on the floor, you are also content in your rug. But as the heat goes on to sweltering height, staying inside can make you feel as if you are in an oven. This makes you to get ready and play with your pets outside the lawn, at the lake or near the seashore. With the temperature rising, it can go from a pleasant warm sensation to an unpleasantly hot atmosphere. If you can find summer so difficult to deal with what about your pet? The days of summer can bring about its own complications in terms of pet safety as well as health for your pets.
Summertime Tips for pet safety as well as health
1. Use sunscreen – Not only you, but your pets also get easily sunburned, especially in the ears and the nose area. Apart from that, there is also the possibility of them getting skin cancers. For pet safety in terms of sunburns, you will find sunscreens for your pets but look out for specific ones that might indicate that that particular sunscreen is meant for a dog or a cat only.
Take some amount of sunscreen in your hands and apply it on your pet’s nose and ears. You can also apply it in the area that comprises of the belly if your pet is in a habit of lying on its back. But take care while you touch your pet’s belly since it is a tender place and your pet might not like the way you handle it. In case your pet especially if it is a dog that has shorter hair, apply it in his/her entire body. This is especially true if you have a dog that has short-hair and is light colored such as a white boxer or a bull terrier. If it is a spray-on sunscreen, you will need to spray it liberally all around his/her body for maximum pet safety.
2. Give sufficient water for drinking – There is nothing like water during the hot summer days. Make sure that your pet has access to a lot of fresh water, If he/she is accompanying you on long hikes or at the beach. Adding ice cubes can be a good idea if you want to keep your water cooler for a longer period of time. But do not give ice cubes directly to your pet since it might give them fever and at the same time might break their teeth.
Water will save your pet from having a heat stroke. So whenever, you decide to go outside on a hot day, always carry a bottle of water that your dog might be able to drink from. In terms of pet safety for cats, you need to let them drink plenty of water besides milk.
3. Shaving – You might wonder if you want to shave your dog’s coat for the summer days in order to keep it cool. But many of the veterinary experts are not convinced by the idea, since shaving the coat of dogs especially the ones with long hair will make them more vulnerable to sunburn. In case, if you do want to shave your dog, limit the amount of time your dog spends outside and at the same time apply sunscreen lotion liberally for maximum pet safety.
But again, some vets are of the opinion that shaving the coat will do make them more comfortable and at the same time will provide relief from flea and tick infestations which definitely outnumber during this period.
4. Dry and rinse your pet after swimming – During summer days, most of the people including you would love to swim a lot. Your dog is of no exception. He/she will also love to do the same. Just remember to keep its ears dry, since it is also the time where bacteria and fungus make the ears of not only your dogs but also cats, their breeding ground. So for pet safety, avoid getting them wet for longer periods of time.
If your pet is elderly or obese, it means that they are often less tolerant to heat. For your pet safety, it is very important they should be kept in a cool environment. Apart from this, they should be regularly checked for fleas as well as ticks since these parasites are at their most active during summer time.