Summer is a season filled with outdoor activities, longer days, and warmer weather. While it brings joy to many, it can also pose certain challenges for our beloved pets. As responsible pet parents, it is crucial to prioritize the well-being and safety of our furry companions during this time. At Signature, we believe the right guidance and a bit of caution is all we need to ensure that delicate balance of fun and health for our pooches. Some simple steps will go a long way to prevent any discomfort to our pets. Some tips are:
Providing Ample Fresh Water: As temperature rises, it becomes essential to ensure that pets have access to fresh, clean water at all times. Dehydration is a serious concern during summer, so regular water checks and refills are crucial. Also, a bowl of cold buttermilk with a pinch of turmeric and cinnamon will do a great deal of good to our pet’s stomach. Fresh-cut seasonal fruits like watermelon, a moderate amount of mangoes, and apples make up for great treats with good health benefits. Wet food is great if your pooch is a picky eater but it can never substitute the wellness of fresh water.
Regular Brushing: Brushing your pet regularly during summer helps remove excess hair and prevents matting, which can contribute to overheating. Additionally, it aids in the early detection of ticks, fleas, or skin irritations.
Shade and Shelter: Pets must have access to shady areas and shelter from direct sunlight. This helps prevent overheating and reduces the risk of heatstroke, particularly for animals that spend time outdoors. It is recommended that our house pets be in air conditioning to safeguard them from harsh temperatures. Certain pets, especially t1 hose with lighter skin or shorter hair, can be susceptible to sunburn. Pet-specific sunscreens or protective clothing can help shield them from harmful UV rays. It is very important to be considerate towards our street animals during summers; a bowl of water, some food, and a makeshift shelter will save many lives.
Avoiding Hot Pavements: Asphalt and concrete can become scorching hot under the summer sun, potentially burning your pet’s paws. Walking pets during cooler hours like early mornings or late evenings or on grassy surfaces can help prevent paw pad injuries. Also, we recommend you use paw boots for prevention. Be mindful of your pet’s tolerance for physical activity in hot weather. Shorter walks, lighter play sessions, or indoor activities can be suitable alternatives when temperatures soar. If your pooch is a water baby and enjoys swimming, take precautions when near bodies of water. Ensure they are supervised closely to prevent accidents or exhaustion.
Flea and Tick Control: Summer months increase the prevalence of fleas and ticks. Consult with a veterinarian to determine the most appropriate preventive measures, such as oral medications or topical treatments, to keep your pets protected.
Mosquito Control: Mosquitoes are carriers of diseases such as heartworm, which can be fatal for pets. Consider using pet-safe mosquito repellents and ensure that your pet’s preventive medications are up to date.
Identification and Microchipping: Before embarking on any summer trips or vacations, make sure your pet has proper identification tags and a registered microchip. In case of an unforeseen separation, this significantly increases the chances of being reunited. Whether travelling by car or plane, ensure your pet’s transportation arrangements are safe and comfortable. Consult with your veterinarian regarding necessary vaccinations, carriers, and any specific travel requirements. Most Importantly, never leave your pet in a closed car in a parking zone. The heat rise inside the car could be fatal for your pets. It’s safe to leave them at home if you are visiting a shopping zone or outing which doesn’t allow pets.
Pet-Friendly Accommodations: If you plan to stay in hotels or vacation rentals, ensure that they are pet-friendly and have suitable facilities for your pet’s comfort and safety.
As summer brings its unique challenges, it is imperative for pet owners to be proactive in ensuring the well-being and safety of their furry companions. The above tips can help pet parents keep their pets hydrated, cool, and protected from parasites, while also enjoying outdoor activities and vacations. By prioritizing their pets’ needs, we can create lasting summer memories that are safe, enjoyable, and fulfilling for both.
By Mitu Paul
Brand Head – Signature Pet Foods