We are in store for more hot weather this year. Dogs and cats can suffer from the same problems that humans do, such as overheating, dehydration and even sunburn. Please consider the following, and sometimes overlooked, tips to help your pets beat the heat:
- NEVER leave your pet alone in a vehicle. Even with the windows open, a parked automobile can quickly become a furnace.
- Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool.
- Not all dogs are good swimmers, so if water sports are a big part of your family, please introduce your pets to water gradually.
- Try not to let your pets drink pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals that could cause GI upset.
- Stay alert for signs of overheating in pets, which include excessive panting and drooling and mild weakness, along with an elevated body temperature.
- Do not apply sunscreen or insect repellent to your pet that is not labeled specifically for use on animals. The misuse of insect repellent that contains DEET can leed to neurological problems.
- Be especially sensitive to older and overweight animals in hot weather. Brachycephalic or snub-nosed dogs such as bulldogs, pugs, Boston terriers, and Lhasa apsos should be kept cool as much as possible.
- Good grooming can stave off summer skin problems. Shave hair to a one-inch length — never down to the skin, which robs Rover of protection from the sun. Cats should be brushed often.
- When the temperature is high, don’t let your dog stand on hot asphalt because their sensitive paw pads can burn.
- Provide fresh water every single day!
- Provide plenty of shade for outdoor pets — a proper dog house serves best.
By taking some simple precautions, you can celebrate the season and keep your pets happy and healthy!