Summer heat makes everyone retreat indoors. During peak summer hours, it is far preferable to unwind indoors, perhaps while sipping a refreshing beverage. Foods with high water content are recommended, moisturizers and sunscreen are needed, and relief from the heat is wanted. While we can lather ourselves with various sunblock’s and lotions, our pets are not quite so fortunate, and require some consideration to keep comfortable.
Our pets are especially susceptible to heat-related maladies, and as they often cannot voice their discomfort, the onus is on the pet owner to keep an eye on their pet and recognize the detrimental effects hot climate may have. The good news is, with a little bit of awareness and extra effort, your pet should be as happy in the heat as anywhere else.
Unlike humans, most household pets cannot sweat. The ones who can usually only manage this through their paw pads, which are not large enough in surface area to dissipate the heat; a hot climate only serves to exacerbate this, so ensure your pet’s fluid intake is sufficient. Dehydration is the simple condition where a body loses more fluid than its intake, ensuring your pet isn’t dehydrated is a simple matter of giving them frequent hydration and being observant for any symptoms of the condition.
You can keep your pet hydrated through water-rich foods, a wet diet, and making sure their water bowl is always full of fresh water. If you think your pet is suffering from heatstroke or showing more than one symptom, go to your vet immediately as your pet may require professional attention to recover correctly.
Your pet’s temperature should never exceed 104 Degrees Fahrenheit. You can shower water on your pet and fan them until their temperature falls under 102 degrees Fahrenheit. You may give them small quantities of water or small ice cubes once they have cooled off a little. If you are unable to reduce their temperature, head to a vet immediately. Your pet may require specialist attention.
Our pets are our family, and they deserve to be cared for as such. Doing the needful is great, but by keeping a few simple tips in mind, you can keep your pet as healthy, happy, safe, and comfortable as you’d ever want them to be.