How to Keep Your Pet Safe in the Summertime
The warmer weather offers different precautionary measures to take concerning your dog or cat.
Each season requires a different plan of care for your pets. It’s largely due to their needs changing during the many months of the year. Summer is particularly hot in most areas of the country. That’s why it’s important to know how to care for your dog or cat during the warmest season.
Some of the things you may or may not have thought about concerning safety during the summertime are listed below.
Animals can suffer from heatstroke and sunburn, too.
If your animals spend time outdoors, it’s important to remember that the sun affects their bodies, too. Heat can cause the skin to burn. High temperatures and dehydration cause dangerous heat stroke to occur quickly. According to Better Homes & Garden magazine, Gary Richter, M.S., D.V.M. notes that wetting an animal’s paws with room-temperature water helps bring down their body temperature and allows them to cool off quicker.
Fireworks, thunder, and other loud noises may frighten pets and cause them to run away.
With the Fourth of July approaching quickly, fireworks are becoming commonplace. Keeping your pets safe during Independence Day celebrations is important for their health. Loud, unexpected noises can cause pets to dart out the door or go into hiding underneath a home. To prepare your pets for loud, scary noises, drown them out with a white noise playlist on YouTube and by spritzing calming essential oils, such as lavender, in the air. Having the pets tagged and microchipped is ideal because it allows them to be returned to you right away if they do become lost. Eating habits may change during the hottest days of the year. Your pet could struggle to eat due to the heat.
Make sure they are getting adequate nutrition and staying hydrated throughout the summer.
If you spend a lot of time outdoors, invest in the second set of bowls to leave outside. Carry a portable water bottle with a dish with you whenever you go for a walk, play at the park, or visit friends and family. Also, know the signs of dehydration, so you’re able to identify them and bring your pet to the vet right away if he’s ill.
Keep your pet safe this summer. There are plenty of things you can do to make that happen. By paying close attention to the weather and events that occur throughout the warmest season of the year, you’re able to protect your pet to the best of your ability from the things that could potentially cause harm.
Take good care of their skin by examining it closely daily.
Restrict the amount of time spent in the sun during the hottest hours of the day which occur between 3 PM and 4:30 PM in the summer. Giving your pet plenty of fresh water to drink is also very important because it allows them to avoid heatstroke and dehydration. Preparing for loud events by having a go-to white noise playlist online helps ease your pet’s fears by giving them something else to listen to when fireworks or thunder threaten their peaceful environment.