With the summer comes long sunny days (hopefully!), and while fun activities such as playing fetch or long walks with pets are tempting, keeping your furry friends safe from overheating is important.
Heatstroke can occur in pets, leading to serious illness and even death if left unaddressed. Keep your pets cool and healthy this summer with these tips.
Firstly, be aware of the overheating signs, including panting, drooling, vomiting, lethargy, and red gums. Once you spot these symptoms, move your pet to a cool, shaded area, offer cool water, and contact your veterinarian immediately.
To prevent overheating, provide your pets with access to cool water and a shady area to rest in. Air conditioning or fans can also help to keep the environment cool and comfortable. Cooling mats or vests can be used to provide extra comfort. Avoid outdoor activities during peak heat hours.
Additionally, keep in mind special considerations for certain types of pets. For example, dogs with thick fur coats may need to be groomed more frequently to help them stay cool. Conversely, cats tend to self-regulate their body temperature but still need access to cool water and a shaded place to rest. Small animals can easily overheat, so be cautious with their environment. Birds can overheat if their cages are placed in direct sunlight, so keep them in a shaded area as well.
It’s always important to prioritise your pet’s health and well-being and never leave them in hot cars. Even with windows cracked open, a car’s interior can reach deadly temperatures in just a few minutes.
Summer is a time for relaxation and fun in the sun, but keep in mind these tips to ensure that your pets are safe from the dangers of heat and are able to enjoy the season alongside you.