As the weather heats up, many of us will cool off on hot days by going for a swim or, perhaps, enjoying a cold treat. Pets can also get miserably hot on sweltering days! Read on for some great summer pet care tips from a local vet.
First things first: make sure that your furry buddy always has plenty of fresh, clean water. We also recommend washing your pet’s bowl every day, to make sure that bacteria doesn’t build up in it. If you have a kitty, you may find that Fluffy enjoys drinking out of a pet fountain. You can also drop an ice cube into your pet’s bowl on hot days.
As a general rule of thumb, if you find it’s just too hot, then your pet will also be uncomfortable. Keep your furry friend cool and comfy indoors, in rooms that have fans or air conditioners. When temperatures rise, limit your four-legged pal’s outdoor time. If you have a dog, walk Fido in the mornings and evenings, when it’s cooler out. As for Fluffy, we recommend keeping her indoors.
Your pet may sleep even more than usual in hot weather. If you have a cat, make Fluffy a kitty hammock. All you need is a piece of material and a table or end table with four legs. Cut the material so that it’s a little smaller than the tabletop, and attach the corners of the fabric to the legs. Your four-legged buddy may also enjoy having a fan pointed at their bed.
Get to know the signs of heat exhaustion in pets. Some common ones to watch for in dogs are panting; red or pale gums; weakness; dizziness; and vomiting. Cats may also pant or drool. They may meow in an unusual way, or pace. If you know or suspect that your pet is too hot, immediately give your little (or not so little buddy) some cool water, and take steps to lower their temperature, such as wrapping them in a wet towel. Call your vet immediately for specific care instructions.
Who says pets can’t also enjoy a cold snack? Fido may enjoy some cold, sodium-free beef, chicken, or fish broth. Look online for more recipe ideas.
Please contact us, your pet clinic, for all your pet’s summer veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!