13 Apr How to Protect Your Pet From Summer Heat?
Summer is the season when everyone wants to stay inside their homes and sit in front of air conditioners and coolers, sipping cold drinks, and eat watery food. All this just to avoid the scorching weather. We even apply sun lotions and moisturizing gels to keep our skin hydrated.
In all this, we forget about someone who gets more affected easily than we do, that someone being our beloved pets. They are more prone to get affected heavily due to the excessive heat and the sun. They are sensitive voiceless beings who cannot even express their needs and ailments.
So, it is our responsibility as careful pet parents to stay alert and put extra efforts into the care that we provide to our furry babies.
Pets get dehydrated in no time and are prone to getting a heatstroke. A good thing is that pets portray clear signs of it as well. This makes it easy for you to recognize when they are dehydrated and take corrective measures fast.
Here are Signs of Dehydration and Heatstroke in Your Pet:
Pets are bound to get dried out in the summer months. This implies they lose more water than they take in through gasping, peeing, and evaporation through their paws. While a bowl of cool water can help your furry friend re-hydrate, they might require clinical consideration sometimes.
Remain alert for indications of dehydration by looking out for the following signs:
- Dry gums and nose
- Thick saliva
- Sunken eyes
- Loss of elasticity in the skin
You can give your pet an electrolyte-mixed water to help them get hydrated. On the off chance that your pet is presented to warm for a really long time, there is a risk of a heatstroke. They need quick cooling-off and may as well require clinical consideration.
You can catch a heatstroke in its early stages by looking out for the following signs:
- Heavy panting
- Fast breathing
- Lots of drooling
- Bright red gums and tongue
- Trouble with balance
Side effects of further developed heatstroke are:
- White or blue gums
- Uncontrolled peeing or crapping
- Worked, uproarious relaxing
Your pet’s temperature should never go over 104 degrees F. Shower water on your pet and fan them until their internal heat level comes under 102 degrees F. Give them modest quantities of water or ice 3D squares.
If you can’t chill them off or you notice indications of a major heatstroke, move to a vet immediately. Your pet might require liquids, oxygen, and prescription.
This is How You Can Help Your Furry Friend Staying Cool in the Hot Weather:
● Proper Hydration
Your pet gets dehydrated in less time than you do. Hence, it is important that you fill their water jars with fresh and clean water from time to time during the day.
● Keeping Untainted Windows Close
Just like you, your pet also cannot tolerate the heat and the scorching sun. Thus, keep your pet inside a shaded place and keep the untainted windows closed to avoid direct sunlight and heating.
● Pet Grooming
Keep your pet groomed in the summers. It will help them in adapting to the weather easily. However, do not completely shave them off as it might expose them to direct sunlight and give them sunburn.
● Walks and Workout Timings
Walking and working out leads to warming up of the body. Hence, you need to choose a time when the temperature is at its lowest, so that your pet does not have to face the heat of the sun.
● Prevent Paw Burns
Your pet’s paws get burns when they roam around on any hot surfaces. This also leads to overheating of their bodies. That is why you should keep your fur baby as away from the hot surfaces as possible such as roads, pavements, gardens, etc. during daytime.
● Vet Visits
Schedule a vet visit for your pet before or in early summers to get a complete health check-up done.
Our voiceless companions deserve all the care in the world. It is not tough to fulfill their needs. Just by keeping a few tips and the little things in mind, you can keep your pet healthy, comfortable, safe, and happy.