A few tips to keep your new pets healthy in the summer
Protecting your pet from the sun is something that many pet owners don’t even consider. Dehydration and heatstroke in pets are very common, just like it is with people. If you are going to be spending long days in the sun, make sure you bring plenty of water to keep your pet hydrated. You will also want to make sure you have access to shade and can give your pets a chance to cool off and lower their body temperature. Believe it or not, sunscreen is also a great option for pets, especially for lighter colored dogs.
One common mistake that too many pet owners make is leaving their pet in the car on hot summer days. You should never leave your pet unattended in a car, even if you don’t think it’s that hot outside. Even if you have a window rolled down slightly, car temperatures can rise quickly and so will your pets body temperature. Dogs can’t perspire like humans and they regulate their body temperature differently. Hot air in a hot vehicle can quickly become fatal for your pet.
Many pet owners give their dogs a summer haircut. This might seem like a good idea, and a way to keep your dog cool, but a haircut might lead to your pet becoming sunburned. A dogs fur actually helps them to regulate their internal body temp.
Another concern for many pet owners in the summer time is the risk of parasites. Dogs and cats especially seem to spend a lot of their time outside during the warm summer months. This is a good thing when it comes to getting exercise and engaging their minds, but it also means they will be susceptible to parasites. Ticks and fleas are especially common, and it is much easier (and cheaper) to prevent these unwanted bugs than to get rid of them. You can use a flea and tick control product to make sure your pet stays safe. Ask for options at your local pet store or do a quick google search to find the right product for your pet.
If you are the type that enjoys walking outdoors with your dog, you might also want to be mindful of your dog’s pads. Walking is a great way to keep your pet healthy and active, but can also lead to paw damage, especially if you are walking on asphalt or concrete. You should limit long direct contact with hard walking surfaces, and opt instead for grass or soft dirt. There are also pad protection products you can buy to help keep your pets safe.
Summer is an awesome time to have pets, but there are also risks for your pet. Keep these simple things in mind and you and your pet can have a great summer.