Hot Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe This Summer

Summer is for beaches, sunshine, outdoor activities as well as your dog or cat. Summer is a good time to connect with pets. But higher temperatures also mean higher risks, our plush companions - more damage, more skin and ear infections, and possibly heat stroke.

Pets don't sweat like humans, they can easily overheat. To avoid these problems and enjoy beautiful summer with your pet, here are some tips to keep in your mind.

First of all, provide plenty of shade as well as water.

In summer, dehydration of cats and dogs is a real possibility. Our dogs are more thirsty than hot dogs. Symptoms of dehydration include dry gums and excessive drooling. Make sure your pet always gets fresh, clean water at home, and bring your bottle of water to your furry companion when you go out, just as you do for yourself. In the hot months, you can also use wet dog food to increase fluid intake.

Keep your pet in the shade as often as possible. When dogs and cats like to sunbathe, direct sunlight can cause them (especially dogs) to overheat and cause heat stroke.

Secondly, understand the signs.

The normal body temperature of a dog is between 100 and 103 degrees Fahrenheit, while the normal body temperature of a cat is between 100.4 and 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit. Anything above this means your pet is at risk. Dogs and cats don't sweat like we do. They drink water and gasp to lower their body temperature.

Pay attention to these possible overheating symptoms:

    • Severe asthma
    • Dry red gums
    • Thick mouth water
    • Vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Swinging leg
    • Bulldog resting in the shade

If your pet shows signs of heat exhaustion, transfer them to a cool place, give them a glass of water, put a wet wipe on them, and take them to the vet as soon as possible. Don't put your pet in cold water, it will make them shock.

Also, remember to pay attention to your walking time.

If you have a dog, just walk and exercise your puppy in the early morning and evening. Never do it at noon. When you are outdoors, rest in the shade and have water.

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