Pets are really close to their owner`s heart and one can`t differentiate between caring a baby and a pet. A pet can sometime be your best friend and caring them makes you feel good. As summers are approaching, pet owners should be aware of the dangers that this season can bring for their animals. Scorching heat during summers may pose a health risk for your animals like you so protect your pets properly from that. Some ways by which you can keep your pets safe from summer heat are:
- Never lock your pet inside a car on a warm day: If you are carrying your pet with you to market or somewhere else, don`t lock them inside when you get off even for few minutes. A slight high temperature outside would not take much time to heat up your car up to 120° F in few minutes. Five minutes or half an hour are equally dangerous for your pet to be inside a vehicle on hot sunny days. Some possible dangers of heat are heat exhaustion, heat stroke, brain damage, and sudden death. It`s better to leave your pets at home when you`re driving on road.
- Arrange a shed and cool water for outdoor pets: If you have outdoor pets in your home, ensure that arrange a proper shed in which they can hide when temperature rises. A shed helps your pet to keep themselves cool even on bright sunny days. Keep some water in their shed or at different places outside your home so that your animals can drink it whenever they feel thirsty and to reduce their body temperature that rises quickly during a hot day. Replace the water after regular intervals with some fresh and cool water.
- Ticks and fleas infestation: Pets usually get ticks and fleas during summers that irritate them thus regular grooming is essential to keep them away from these pests. Check their foot-base, ears, bellies, and tails regularly to ensure that they don`t have any pests. Use tick and flea treatment recommended by your veterinarian.
- Seek medical advice if your pet displays symptoms of heat stroke: Heat stroke is common during summers and if you find any related symptoms in your pet such as panting, warm dry skin, failure to respond to commands, dehydration, increase heartbeat and collapsing, immediately call your veterinarian to save your pet.
- Your pets may eat less during summers: If you`re worried because your pet is eating less during hot months, relax yourself. Pets usually eat less during summers and until other symptoms are not evident, you need to worry about that. Ensure that your pet drink cool water frequently.
- Sunburns: Sunburn also affects animals like us and to protect your pet from that sunscreen should be applied to their nose and ear tips. A hair cut would also help in proper grooming, but a short hair clip should be avoided as it may make them more prone to heat strokes or sunburns.
Keep your pets well-groomed to avoid complications during summers.