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Tips for Keeping Your Pet Healthy During the Summer Months

Boston Terrier dog looking out a car window

We all look forward to summer! But for our furry friends, it also presents some hurdles that we as pet owners need to be very vigilant of - such as excessive heat, pesky fleas and ticks. But fret not, we've got some great tips to help you out.

Hydration Is Key

For yourself, staying hydrated is key during the hot summer months. But just like you, your furry friend needs to stay hydrated too.

Dogs and cats can easily become dehydrated, especially in the scorching heat. Make sure that your pet always has access to fresh, clean water. You can even add some ice cubes to their water bowl to keep it cool throughout the day.

If you're going for a walk or spending time outside, bring a portable water bowl and ample water for your pet.

Protecting Against Heat Stroke

Make sure your pet stays cool and hydrated, and always be on the lookout for signs of heat stroke. As temperatures rise during the summer months, it's crucial to take extra precautions to protect your furry friend from overheating.

Keep in mind that animals can't regulate their body temperature as effectively as humans, so it's important to provide them with a cool and shady place to rest. Ensure they've access to fresh water at all times, as dehydration can quickly lead to heat stroke.

Watch out for symptoms such as excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, and vomiting, as these can indicate overheating. If you suspect your pet is experiencing heat stroke, immediately move them to a cooler area and contact your vet for further guidance.

Flea and Tick Prevention

Fleas and ticks are common during the summer months and can cause discomfort and health issues for your furry friend. Fortunately, there are amazing flea and tick prevention products out there that, if regularly applied, can effectively protect your pet from these pesky pests.

Topical treatments or oral medications can prevent these pests from infesting your pet's fur. These products work by killing adult fleas and ticks, as well as preventing their eggs from hatching. It's important to choose a product that's specifically designed for your pet's species and weight, as using the wrong product can be harmful. If you are unsure, speak to your local vet.

Additionally, regularly checking your pet's fur for any signs of fleas or ticks, especially after spending time outdoors, can help you catch any infestations early and take appropriate action.

Safe Summertime Exercise

When going for a run with your pet during the summer, it's important to take breaks in the shade, so that they don't overheat. Your furry friend may not be able to regulate their body temperature as efficiently as you can, making them more susceptible to heatstroke.

Make sure to choose cooler times of the day for exercise, such as early mornings or late evenings. During the breaks, offer your pet plenty of water to keep them hydrated. You can also wet their paws and belly with cool water to help bring their body temperature down.

Keep an eye out for signs of overheating, such as excessive panting, drooling, or lethargy. If you notice any of these symptoms, stop the exercise immediately and seek veterinary assistance.

Travelling With Your Pet

The holidays are around the corner and you might be planning a trip for the festive period. Don't forget to pack essentials like food, water, and a comfortable crate for your furry travel companion.

When travelling with a pet it's important to make sure they stay healthy and safe during the journey. Their favourite toy and regular bedding can keep them comfortable and relaxed in new or unfamiliar surroundings.

Make frequent stops to allow them to stretch their legs and ‘use the bathroom’. Keep them hydrated by providing fresh water at regular intervals. Also, be mindful of the temperature inside the car and never leave them unattended.

Lastly, have their medical records and identification tags handy in case of emergencies. By taking these precautions, you can ensure an enjoyable and worry-free road trip with your beloved pet.

Stay cool and have a pawsome summer!


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