Keeping Your Pets Cool This Summer
- 5 July 2021
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June officially kicks off the summer months, and that’s when the weather really starts heating up.
Make sure to look after your pets during these hot months so they don’t overheat. The first thing you should always make sure of is that they have access to plenty of cool water. When you’re out and about, bring a portable/collapsible water bowl or a squirt bottle. Give them small amounts of water every 15 to 20 minutes during the activity. Make sure you have enough cool water to last the entire time you’re gone.
If you take your dog out for exercise, make sure to limit the time so they are not suffering from heat exhaustion. It’s recommended to go during the cooler parts of the day. Also, if your dog loves playing around water, let their exercise be with a sprinkler, small pool, or nearby body of water that’s safe for them to play in. (Be mindful of gators in and near fresh water!)
If you have an outdoor cat and there are no naturally occurring shady spots in your garden, create one by placing some cloth or cardboard over an area to keep the sun out. Also, consider limiting their time outdoors.
For indoor and outdoor cats, make sure to brush them regularly. Matted hair traps heat, so give them a daily groom if possible. This is especially important for long-haired cats. Don’t forget cats are susceptible to sunburn, particularly those with white ears and noses. It is possible to buy pet sunscreen to apply to the hairless areas on the end of the ears and nose.
For both cats and dogs, watch them closely, and as mentioned above, be sure that they are well hydrated. Pets cool down differently than humans, so consider using a wet cloth to apply to their paws and stomach.