Summertime is fun time, but hot weather makes for some unique pet care challenges. Both dogs and cats are at risk to heat and sun exposure and need a little extra TLC to keep their coats primed and protected. Throughout the season, adapt your pet care routine to protect your pet from summer’s safety threats. Walk your dog in the cooler parts of the day, and in extreme heat, avoid the walk altogether!
Humans aren’t the only animals that can find a hot summer day overwhelming. Unlike you, however, your pet has a limited ability to deal with the heat. Dogs and cats release heat through their paw pads and by panting. Dogs tend to drool as they keep cool, and cats lick themselves to lower body temperature. Dehydration can be a big problem. Make sure your pet always has access to plenty of fresh water, and avoid letting them outside during the hottest parts of the day.Short- snouted breeds like Pugs, Pekingese, Boston Terriers, Boxers and Bulldogs are extremely susceptible to heatstroke and should be kept in air conditioned areas when the thermometer rises into the 80s and 90s.
Dogs and cats, particularly those with short, fine hair and pink skin, are susceptible to sunburn. Prolonged sun exposure for any pet can result in skin cancer, so it is important to manage their time in the sun.. Dogs and cats are most susceptible to sunburn on their ears, nose and lips where less fur protects their skin. Short haircuts in the summer months increase sun exposure with less fur to protect the skin and regulate body temperature. Check with your veterinarian for an appropriate sun block for your pet. Many human products are not safe for pets!
Enjoying a safe summer with your pets is all about thinking ahead. Treat them with the same consideration and care you would a child and your summer will be much more enjoyable.