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Tips for Pets in the Summer
Summer temperatures are on the rise. Although mornings might be cool, the afternoon heat is not something to be taken lightly. Hotter temperatures can bring health problems for our pets including heat stroke, eventual skin cancer, and dehydration. That’s why it is up to us, as pet guardians, to beat the heat and stay informed of the symptoms of these problems. A little planning and attention to the warning signs can prevent a pleasant summer day from turning into a travesty. Bloomfield Pet Care is here to help with the information you need to keep everyone safe in the heat.
Preventing heat-related health problems in pets is a matter of preparation and vigilance. Walking in the morning and evenings is best as this is when the day is at its coolest. If you do go out during the day, bring the right supplies. Grab a bottle of water and dish so they can get a drink throughout the day. A bandana that you can wet and put around their neck also helps. It is also a spiffy fashion statement. Pet sunscreen is great for skin cancer prevention. It should not contain Zinc Oxide, PABA, or fragrance as they are toxic to dogs. If you stay in an area for very long, look for a shady spot. Allow your pet to drink some water and relax in the shade.
Unfortunately, our pets can’t speak to us. So it is up to us to stay in tune with the cues that tell us how they’re feeling. If your pet is dehydrated, their eyes may appear sunken in. Their gums will also be dry. Watch out for a sudden drop in energy. They will appear lethargic and weak. If your pet seems to be losing balance for no reason, dehydration could be an issue. Their skin will also lose its elasticity. Excessive panting and rapid heart rate are symptoms of heat stroke. Excessive drooling and lowered urine production may occur. Take them to the veterinarian if you see some of these warning signs.
The Dehydration Test
You can test your pet for dehydration wherever you are. Simply pinch their skin and see how long it takes to spring back. A well-hydrated pet has moist skin. When a dog or cat is dehydrated, their skin will be dry and loose. Loss of skin elasticity is called a “skin tent”. In severe cases, the skin will not go back at all. Skin tent does not always mean dehydration, it will happen as a dog gets older. If you see a noticeable difference from the way their skin usually looks, it is time to go inside and consider consulting your veterinarian.
Be Mindful of Insects
Insects are at their worst in the summer. They are annoying and potentially dangerous. Ticks, mosquitoes, and fleas can transmit diseases such as Lyme Disease. It would help for your pet to take medicine monthly to prevent heartworm. Monthly topical treatments to the skin are also beneficial. Consult your veterinarian to choose the right ones. If you’re outside with your pet, only stay for a short time and use make sure bugs are not pestering your pets.
We at Bloomfield Pet Care hope you have a great summer. Remember water helps our bodies and the bodies of our pets function. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Look for pet sunscreen. If you’re out in the middle of the day, be sure and take several breaks in the shade. We want you fine-tuning your Frisbee catching, not at the veterinarian’s office. Please continue to follow our blog for more pet tips. #Summerdogwalking #summer #petsinsummer #safedogwalking #insects #dehydration