Summer is here, and many of our furry patients are enjoying fun summer activities, like sunbathing, rolling around in the grass, and nibbling plants. However, the heat can be both uncomfortable and dangerous for our four-legged pals. After all, Fido and Fluffy are wearing fur coats! Read on as a Pasadena, MD vet offers tips on helping your animal companion stay cool this summer.
Making sure your pet is properly hydrated is very important! You may want to set out more than one water station, especially if you have multiple pets and/or a large house. On really hot days, put an ice cube into your pet’s bowl to cool the water off. You may also want to get a pet fountain.
Regularly brushings will help keep your pet cooler, as it will remove dead fur and dander from their coat. If you have a dog, you may want to give Fido a cool summer haircut. (Note: this doesn’t apply to all pooches. Pups with double coats, such as huskies, should never be clipped. Check with your vet first.)
What better way to cool off on a sweltering day than by enjoying a cold treat? Offer Fido some doggy ice cream, which you can find in many pet stores or grocery markets. You can also make your pup some homemade snacks. Look online for great recipes! As for Fluffy, she may enjoy a chilled can of tuna or chicken in water, or some cat milk. Sodium-free broth is another good option, and is safe for both dogs and cats.
On hot days, your furry pal will be both safer and healthier staying indoors, in rooms cooled by fans or air conditioners. You may also want to move your pet’s bed to a cooler spot, or add a cooling pack to it.
Although most of our feline patients aren’t purrticularly fond of swimming, lots of our canine companions love it. If Fido likes the water, indulge him with occasional trips to pet-friendly pools or beaches. Just supervise him closely, and never leave him unattended near water. Your pup may also enjoy playing in the spray from a pet fountain, hose, or sprinkler, or splashing around in a kiddie pool.
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