During the hot summer months dogs and cats can suffer from the same problems that humans do, for example: overheating, dehydration and even sunburn.
By taking these simple precautions you can protect your animal from the elements:
- Never leave your pet alone in a vehicle. Even with the windows open, a parked car, truck or van can quickly become a furnace on a hot day and overheating can kill quickly. Parking in the shade offers little protection, as the sun moves during the day.
- Always carry cold water for your pet.
- Don’t exercise your animal in hot, humid weather. Exercise the animal in the early morning or in the evening, and keep walks to a minimum.
- Never leave your dog standing on hot asphalt. His body can heat up quickly and his sensitive paw pads can burn.
- Do not take an animal to the beach unless you can provide a shaded spot and plenty of fresh water for him to drink. Rinse the animal off after they have been in salt water.
- Be extra sensitive to old and overweight animals in hot weather. Brachycephalic or snub-nosed dogs such as bulldogs, pugs as well as those with heart or lung diseases should be kept cool in air conditioned rooms as much as possible.
- Avoid walking your dog in areas that you suspect have been sprayed with insecticides or other chemicals. Be alert for coolant or other automotive fluid leaking from your vehicle. Animals are attracted to the sweet taste and ingesting just a small amount can be fatal.
- Keep your animal well-groomed to stave off summer skin problems. Shaving a heavy-coated dog’s hair to a one-inch length helps prevent overheating. Don’t shave the hair down to the skin, though, or you will rob him of protection from the sun. Cats should be brushed often.
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