How To Keep Your Pets Cool This Summer
If you feel hot and bothered by the heat chances are your pets are feeling it too. Keeping your furry friends comfortable and cool during the summer months is so important, so here are a few tips to help you out.
Make sure your pet has a shady area to relax and if possible, let them inside on hot days. And leave a fan on if you can. Your pets will love lying under it on the cool tiles.
Have a few large water bowls around the house and outside in the shade. Add ice to their bowls and make sure to keep them topped up all the time.
A lot of dogs love the water. Putting a shell pool filled with water out the back is a great idea for your pet to keep cool. A cooling mat is another alternative to provide a cool place for your pet during the day.
Make sure when walking your dog during summer that you do it at times that aren't too hot. Avoid walking them in the middle of the day where their paws can become sore and burnt on concrete paths or on the road. Rather, go for a walk in the early morning or late afternoon/evening. Take some water for both of you to avoid dehydration.
Limit exercise during the day. If you are throwing a ball for your dog, limit the time spent playing on hot days as a lot of dogs do not stop when they are overheating. Keep them out of direct sunlight and on the grass as well.
Animals with flat faces, such as bulldogs, pugs and Persian cats, as well as older and overweight pets are at a higher risk of heatstroke. So make sure to keep an extra close eye on them if you own one of these breeds.
Make sure to groom your pet regularly, and by grooming I mean getting rid of tangles and knots if you have a long haired dog or cat, not clipping their fur. Believe it or not, their fur actually helps keep them cool and protects them from getting sunburnt during the warmer months.
Finally, never leave your dog unattended in a hot car, even if the windows are open. The temperature can soar in a locked car within just a few minutes.