Summer time means #funtimes. It also means heat. And a LOT of it. It’s probably the most challenging time for our pets who can’t take their fur coats off, and even more so when they end up going outside.
But not to worry – we’ve got tips for you that’ll help you take care of your pets when you take them outdoors in summer.
- Plan your walk times carefully
Early mornings and late evenings are the best time to take your pets out for a walk, as it will be cool enough for them to do their daily business comfortably. It’s also a good idea to plan the route you’ll be taking your pet through in advance. That way, you can choose nice, shady areas and hopefully softer ground with grass as well.
- Check the ground’s surface temperature before you take your pet outside
If the ground is too hot for your bare hands and feet, then it’s too hot for your pet as well. Your pet’s paws are sensitive and are easily susceptible to painful burns and blisters if precautions are not taken.
- Take lots of water
Even a short walk in the summer can be quite difficult in the sweltering heat. Make sure to take plenty of water for you AND your pet. Ensuring your pet is hydrated will go a long way in preventing heat strokes, dizziness, and exhaustion.
- Apply sunscreen
Do your pets need sunscreen in the summer? Yes, they do! If your pets have a thin fur coat or any exposed pink skin, then they might need a special brand of sunscreen. To be on the safe side, please consult your vet and get the sunscreen they prescribe for your pet – and don’t put your own sunscreen on them no matter what!
- Avoid strenuous exercise
As a rule, especially when the consequences of overheating in the summer heat can be deadly, make sure to monitor your pet’s activities and ensure that you give them plenty of breaks when you take them outside. Excessive panting, drooling, dizziness and vomiting can be signs that they’re experiencing a heat stroke, so please be vigilant. Pets with ailments, excess weight, and greater age are particularly susceptible and end up overheating easily. Make sure that you do not push them to have vigorous workouts, and keep the essential outdoor activities short and sweet to be on the safe side.
- Summer pests
Summer also brings with it its own seasonal pests, and sadly, it’s unavoidable. They generally lurk in tall grass and bushy areas, so it’ll be a good idea to avoid those spots when you’re out with your pet. But if you feel that your pet is especially susceptible to these pests, consulting the vet in advance for ticks and flea treatments during summer would be a good idea – or getting over the counter treatments is also an option.