Caring for Your Pet In the Summer Hot Weather

Heatstroke (or heat exhaustion) is a real threat to pets in the summertime, particularly pets with thicker fur or coats. While the sunshine and clear weather make for fantastic hikes, walks, and trips to the beach or the park, it’s important to keep in mind that the heat can affect your pet more than it can affect you.

  • For dogs, during hot weather do not cut longhair short as this may cause sunburn. Preferably, walk your dog in early hours between 6-8am and after 6pm. Always carry a bottle of water. And do not allow your dog to run in hot weather. Wear a Hat and protect from the UVA/UVB rays.
  • But for cats, wetting cat’s ears, tips of paws with water and trim long haired cat. There fore, pets should eat natural food. Do not leave your pet inside of a stuffy room or even in a locked car.

Symptoms of illness caused by hot weather can be found easily. For example, dogs stick their tongue out and stick start whining. However when found your pet feel sick, provide it with enough air. Call a veterinary if necessary.

5 Ways to Get Your Dog To Drink More Water

1. Put water in with their food. It will help slow them down when eating and will help them get more water per day. Plus you control it.

2. Sprinkle their water with a few blueberries or cranberries or other cut up fruit they will drink some water while getting the fruit out. Plus they will get a special healthy treat.

3. If they don’t like their bowl replace it. Who cares what they drink out of as long as they will drink on their own. Try one of your      cereal bowls or even a cup. Switch it up make it fun for your dog.

4. Buy a pet water fountain. Dogs love to drink fresh moving water heck they also love to drink out of the swimming pool and puddles. Give them what they want.

5. If your dog is sick you can use chicken broth or watered down carrot juice instead of water. Original Flavor Pedialyte will help get your dog electrolytes. I never use the water alternative straight I always water it down a bit.

If everything else fails and you are nursing a sick dog that has already seen the vet use a syringe to get water or other liquid into them.

 

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