While summer was delayed this time around, it looks like we are in for warmer weather for a little while to come yet, so it’s important to ensure you know the things you should be doing to care for your pet during this time. Being stuck outside can be unpleasant at times, and it’s important to remember that animals can get a little uncomfortable as well. Here are some things you can do to make their summer a little easier.
Pets need sun care too
Ever forgotten to slip, slop, slap and ended up with a nasty burn? The feeling is not pleasant and can cause serious health problems if you’re not too careful such as skin cancer. The same can be said for pets. Animals with fair skin are just as susceptible to sunburn and need some extra care to ensure protection against UV rays. As well as ensuring your pet has shady areas to relax in throughout the day, take a look at sunscreens and sunscreen wipes available specifically for pets.
Protect the paws
While we have shoes to protect us from the hot ground, our pets don’t. Before forcing them to spend time outside, place the back of your hand on the pavement. If you have to remove it within 10 seconds, it’s probably much too hot for your pet to handle. Paw Balms for pets are great for healing injured paws.
Don’t forget hydration
We try to remember the eight glasses of water a day for ourselves, but are you ensuring your pet is getting enough? The amount of water your pet will consume will greatly increase as the weather warms up as they try to keep cool. Make sure your pet always has access to clean drinking water. If you know you will be out of the house for a while, always fill more than one bowl or container in case one of them is accidentally tipped over, and ensure they are placed in the shade. For really hots days, you could also put some ice in it to keep it cool. Having the water circulating will ensure help to encourage your pets to drink more, look for the range of pet drinking fountains with built in circulating water pump.
Dangers from other pests and animals
The warmer weather encourages other pests and animals to be more lively. Ticks and fleas love the heat and can latch onto your dog causing itchiness and discomfort. Depending on where you live, you should also be on the lookout for snakes, whether on your property or while taking your dog for a walk. It’s also a good idea to familiarise the signs to look for to determine if your dog has been bitten. Pet Balms are also ideal for those nasty bug bites such as sandflies, mosquitos and midgy flies.