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Summer Pet Care – What Do Dog Parents Need To Know?

Summer Pet Care – What Do Dog Parents Need To Know?

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Overview

Summer means you can do many outdoor activities with your favorite pets, but when the temperature starts to rise, you should take some precautions to keep your pets safe, whether it is an outdoor walk, or a drive, or just a play in the garden. The important thing is that your pets need to be safe and healthy. Here are some tips on how to take care of your pet in the summer.

Table of Contents

  1. Heatwave during summer
  2. Never leave your pet in the car
  3. Keep your pet’s paws cool
  4. Grooming your pet
  5. Feeding the right food
  6. Choose the right accessories for your pets
  7. Importance of a vet visit during summer

1. Symptoms in case of a heatwave during summer

During a heatwave, your pets might undergo excessive increased heart rate, panting, and drooling. If they are outdoor, then make sure they rest in the shade. Or bring them indoors and let them relax in a cool, dry place with plenty of clean water.

 

2. Never leave your pet in the car

Never leave your pet in a closed car, as this can cause heatstroke and suffocation. On a normal day, the temperature in a car can reach 40° Celsius in 10 minutes and 120° Celsius under direct sunlight. Even if you think it only takes a few minutes, it isn’t. If you ride a fur ball, please bring water and a bowl. Bring your pet with you when you get off the car.

3. Keep your pet’s paws cool

Keep your pet’s paws cool. When the sun is shining, surfaces such as asphalt or metal can become very hot. The concrete slabs used for the sidewalks are exposed to direct sunlight. Concrete absorbs heat and stores it, while slowly releasing heat. Because concrete absorbs heat, the slab becomes very hot, which can burn pets’ paws. Try to keep your dog away from hot asphalt; not only will it burn your dog’s paws, but it will also raise its body temperature and cause overheating. Always keep your pet’s paws clean and dry.

 

4. Grooming your pet

Do you feel very clean and refreshed after showering? Your pet feels the same way. Basic grooming includes washing and brushing, as well as trimming nails. Grooming usually involves massaging your pet to help them relax. In the summer, you also need to cut a cool hairstyle for your pet. Therefore, your pet’s fur is naturally designed to stay cool in summer and warm in winter. Choosing a full shave will destroy the built-in temperature control. Grooming your pets regularly is a good idea because it will help them stay relaxed and comfortable.

5. Feeding the right food

Your pet may like cold watermelons (please don’t have seeds!) on a hot summer day, this is not surprising. It is important to add liquid to your pet’s diet or make sure that the food is the consistency of the sauce. Fruits and vegetables with high water content can keep your pet hydrated and nourished. In addition, curd and rice, buttermilk, and even peanut butter and curd mix are good summer pet foods. In addition, watermelons, bananas, oranges, and cucumbers are also great summer foods for pets. Avoid foods containing salt and sugar. Make sure your pet stays hydrated in hot weather, and remember to increase their water intake by eating cold vegetables or chicken soup. Do not provide them with hot food in the summer, and make sure the temperature is cooler where the pet is living.

 

6. Choose the right accessories for your pets

We do not recommend that your pet wear summer hoodies or dog T-shirts. Their coat should be allowed to breathe free unless you take them for a walk and the weather is a bit sunny. Remove the collar, and set them free for a few hours. Also, watch out for ticks or fleas under the collar. Choose pet shampoos that contain medicinal ingredients such as aloe vera and anti-tick properties such as tea tree oil.

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7. Importance of a vet visit during summer

Send them to your veterinarian for inspection. If your pet dog has any signs of fever or vomiting, call your veterinarian and former medical expert.

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