Pet Care Tips in Summer

With the summer days coming, it’s soon going to be time for the summer plans, like swimming pools, barbecues, etc. It is even better if you include your pets in your plans. Follow these basic summer pet care tips to keep your pet healthy and safe, so that even they can have fun.

  • Often when going out on shopping trips, pet care owners leave their pets in the car. Even if it is a little cool on the outside, the car can heat up due to the sun and can reach up to 120 degrees in just a few minutes. Dogs and cats don’t perspire; they displace heat through their feet pads and by panting. Pets that are left in the car for a little while can suffer exhaustion, brain damage, heat stroke and even die. Even a closed car and an air conditioner switched on can be harmful for your pet.
  • In some states, it is illegal to drive with your pet in the back of your truck. It is dangerous for your pet to be left in the back as the flying debris can harm the pet and cause a serious injury. There is a risk even of your pet unintentionally being thrown off the truck due to bumps or sudden breaks.
  • Summer is the time for most people to fertilize their gardens and lawns. Make sure your pet does not eat any plant from fertilized lawns. The plant food, fertilizers and the insecticides are fatal for the pets.
  • With both people and animals spending time outside, dog bites could increase in these summer months. Prevent this by spraying or neutering your pet. This not only reduces the chances of dog bites but also has other health benefits.
  • If your pet is in the pool, make sure you keep an eye on them. It is best to keep them away from the pool. Give them plenty of water and shade to keep them cool.
  • Your pet needs exercise even in the summer days. Take them for walks in the early hours or perhaps in the evenings when it is cooler. Be alert for heat exhaustion or heat stroke on your pet. Your pet would pant heavily, have a rapid pulse, could be unsteady, vomit or have a deep red or purple tongue. You could cool your pet down by moving your pet in the shade, apply water on his body. When his body cools down, take him to the vet immediately.
  • No matter how cool a day is in summer, crowded places could get very warm. Keep your pet away from crowded places on such days