As pet owners, we all want our furry friends to be healthy and happy all year round. While the warm weather brings plenty of outdoor activities for both humans and pets, it also comes with certain risks that we need to be aware of. The rising temperatures, combined with high humidity levels, can significantly impact our pets' health and well-being. In this blog post, we’ll discuss ways in which warm weather can affect your pet and how you can keep them safe during the hot summer months.
One of the most significant risks that come with hot weather is dehydration and heatstroke. When the temperatures get high, your pet sweats to cool down. If they predominantly pant to regulate their body temperature when compared to sweating, it increases their chance of getting dehydrated. Dehydration can lead to a host of issues, with heatstroke being the most dangerous. Some of the symptoms of heatstroke are panting, lethargy, vomiting, rapid heartbeat, and collapse. To prevent your pet from falling prey to heatstroke, make sure they have access to fresh water at all times. Provide them with shady places to relax in, and avoid strenuous exercise during the hottest hours of the day. If you suspect your pet has a heatstroke, seek veterinary assistance immediately.
Your dogs fur may help protect them from the sun, but their skin is just as susceptible to sunburn as human skin. Light-colored and hairless pets are especially prone to sunburn. Skin cancer can develop in pets, especially on areas of the skin that have been sunburnt multiple times. To prevent sunburn, always use a pet-friendly sunscreen on your pet's exposed skin, particularly on the nose and ears. Be sure to keep them in the shade during peak times of the day.
Hot and humid weather brings out more insects which increases the risk of flea and tick infestations. Mosquitoes can also be a problem and because they may spread heartworms - a potentially fatal disease. To avoid any health complications, ensure your pets are on flea, tick, and mosquito preventative medication, and visit your veterinarian to maintain throughout the summer.
The hot pavement can burn your dog's paws, which can be painful and lead to infection. To avoid burns, take your pet for walks on the grass or during the cooler parts of the day. Before taking your pet for a walk, place your hand or foot on the pavement for 10 seconds. If it's too hot to bear for even those few seconds, it is too hot for your pet's paws.
While exercising during the summer months is highly recommended, excessive exercise during the hot and humid weather can cause overheating, leading to dehydration or potential heatstroke. Monitor your pet's panting during exercise and be sure to keep them hydrated. If it's too hot outside, move your workout inside or opt for a cool swim instead.
Now that you are aware of the ways in which warm weather can impact your pet, it's important to take necessary precautions to keep your furry friend healthy and safe during these months. Make sure your pet has access to fresh water, shade, and limit exposure to the sun and hot pavement. If you notice any concerning symptoms or suspect your pet has become dehydrated or has heatstroke, seek veterinary attention immediately. By taking care of your pet during the summer months ensures they can enjoy the season comfortably and safely. For expert grooming services and advice on pet care, contact Emi Pet today to schedule an appointment.