Temperatures are soaring high and you already feel done with the season while there’s a lot of it left. You have really got a summer checklist to beat the heat, but what about your pet? Are they secure enough?
We are sure you already try to do your best for your little babies, so here’s a basic guide for summer care for pets that might help you further.
1 Keep Them Hydrated
Make sure that your pet is hydrated always. Offer them fresh water frequently. Adding ice cubes to it would be a great idea. It is also a good idea to clean the bowl routinely and to keep it in the shade lest it should get warm
2. Never Leave Your Pet Inside The Car
You might or not have heard this one before, but this is utterly important. It only takes a few minutes for a pet to develop heat stroke and suffocate in a car. So avoid taking your pet in the car during summers and if at all, you have to, never leave them alone inside it.
3. Outdoor Activities
We will suggest you to avoid taking your pet outside the peak hours during summers for any outdoor activity like walking, playing, swimming and so on. Prefer early morning or late evening or further when the temperature is relatively comfortable and cooler.
4. Smart Grooming
Your pet’s coat protects their from the cold in summers and from the heat in winters. Thus, trim your pet but don’t give them a clean shave and deprive them of their coat that protects them from the heat and the skin from damage from the UV Rays.
5. Homemade Frozen Treats
You may find that your pet builds an aversion towards food during summers. They might either start eating very less or sometimes will try to avoid food completely. In such a scenario, you can tempt them by tweaking their diet and making it summer friendly. Here are some food items that you can feed your pet to build their appetite in summers:
- Frozen Chicken Soup Cubes- You can simply give them this or mix it with rice. If you have a dog as a pet, we are sure it will be their next favourite treat.
- Frozen Fruit Treats- Seasonal fruits like watermelon, muskmelon, apples, bananas, oranges, and strawberries can make for a great treat. The idea is to cut fruits into small pieces and freeze them together or separately. Make sure that you remove all rinds, seeds, and peels before feeding the treats to your pet.
- Cheese pops- if your pet is not lactose intolerant then this is one of the best treats for them as cheese pops are both fun and healthy. Just mix some chicken and chicken stock with cheese and freeze them and it’s ready!
- Yogurt mix: Yogurt mixed with fruits also makes for a great snack. Try mixing yogurt with strawberries and watermelon and serve them frozen to your pet. This mixture will not only keep them cool but is a good source of antioxidants.
Note: Check with your vet first about which option(s) out of these are fit/unfit for consumption for your pet.
6. Be vigilant
Pay close attention to your pet and if you recognize signs of overheating, sponge your pet with lukewarm water and immediately take them to a vet. Some popular signs include excessive panting, difficulty in breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, seizures, and elevated body temperatures over 104 degrees.
*If you have a pug, we advise you to take special care as they are susceptible to heat strokes because they cannot pant efficiently.
Pets cannot be verbal about how they are feeling and what affects them, but their physical being speaks a lot. It’s on your vigilance that how effectively you can understand the signs and take necessary action.
PetSutra is always there to help you answer questions and any kind of parenting advice that you need. All you have to do is reach out to us.
Happy Parenting 🙂