Summer represents one of the most anticipated seasons throughout the year because of the warm, favorable weather. With the much welcome warmth of the summer, there is a notable rise in outdoor activities for both people and their pets. In fact, it is during this time that most individuals and families head for the beaches and campsites for their holidays. Unfortunately, unlike people, the pets cannot protect themselves from the unforgiving heat of the sun when it gets too hot. Hence, it is the owner’s responsibility to make sure adequate measures are put in place to keep the pets comfortable and calm irrespective of the heat levels.
Sadly, whereas ample time is dedicated to preparations and getting the right attire such as shades, hats, and bathing suits, it is sickening how some people just overlook making the same preparations for their pets. Dogs and cats, for instance, the most popular pets across the globe are hardly left behind when the holidays kick in. However, too much heat can prove dangerous to them and at times lead to fatal outcomes. Therefore, it is of particular importance to take good care of your cat or dog during summer so as to maintain good health. This article discusses helpful tips to keep your dog or cat cool, safe, comfy, and healthy during and beyond the summer.
Preventive vaccinations and prescriptions
Some pet diseases are more prevalent during the summer making your dog or cat more susceptible to such illnesses. Similarly, pesticides and parasites also happen to be more common during this period. For example, heartworms and hookworms are more widespread during summer and can infect your pets through their feet pads. For that reason, it is important to get the right prescriptions from your vet that will keep away such parasites and also repel pests including flies, ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes.
Keep a close watch on your pet
Dogs have a tendency to stray about fetching stuff or just playing. Nonetheless, ensure that you are always keeping a close eye on the pet in case it develops any unusual symptoms. Some shrubs or water bodies may contain toxic elements that may be harmful to your pet if ingested. For instance, ingesting a few leaves of lilies may prove fatal to your cat. On that note, it’s important to get rid of such shrubs from your yard and always be on the lookout for symptoms such as vomiting, discomfort, diarrhea, drooling, or an irregular heartbeat on your pet.
Keep your pet cool
If you happen to spend some considerable time outdoors with your pet, make sure you keep your pet fresh by all means. There are different ways of doing that including going out when the sun is not too hot. Too much heat as it is the norm during summer may cause different illnesses to pets, especially cats and dogs. Some of the most common diseases include a heat stroke and skin cancer. Also, don’t walk your pet on surfaces that are too hot as that might increase their body temperature and cause overheating. Covering your cat or dog with a cool or damp towel, washing it, swimming and using air conditioners can help to lower the temperatures.
Keep the pets away from fireworks
With numerous parties and events happening during summer, fireworks displays are a common thing. However, knowing how curious dogs are, see to it that they do not come across any misplaced fireworks. That is because some of the chemicals contained in fireworks are harmful to your dog. Also, the loud noises may scare your cat or dog leading to some distress and changes in behavior. Injuries and burns may also occur if the pet runs freely during and around fireworks displays.
In a nutshell, summer offers you a rare opportunity to spend quality time with friends, family, and pets outside. However, taking good care of the pets may be the difference between a fun-filled experience and unplanned emergency trips to a veterinary.