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Tips on heat for your pet

Tips on heat for your pet

Tips on heat for your pet

With the temperature on the rise, it’s important to take extra precautions for our four-legged friends.

Firstly, it is best to avoid taking them outside during the hottest part of the day, usually between 11am and 4pm. During walks, it is important to take fresh water and stop regularly for your dog to drink. It is crucial never to leave your dog inside a car, even with the windows open, as the heat can be deadly. At home, make sure your dog has access to a cool, well-ventilated place and fresh water throughout the day. Watch for signs of dehydration, which can include dry mouth, pale gums and sunken eyes. If you notice any of these symptoms, it is important to see a vet immediately.

By taking these simple steps, your four-legged companions will be able to enjoy the summer safely and comfortably.

7 precautions to take in the heat

  1. Hydration: Make sure your dog has constant access to fresh, clean water. Change the water regularly to keep it fresh. If you are away from home, take drinking water for your dog in a suitable container.

  2. Cool Environment: Provide your dog with a cool, shady place to rest. Avoid leaving it in areas exposed to the sun during the hottest times of the day. Consider providing a fan or air conditioner to help keep the room temperature comfortable.

  3. Walks: Avoid walking your dog during the hottest hours of the day, generally between 10am and 4pm. Hot asphalt can burn your dog’s paws, so test the temperature of the ground with your hand before you go out for a walk.

  4. Moderate exercise: Reduce the intensity and duration of exercise on hot days. Over-exercising can cause overheating and exhaustion for dogs. Try to do physical activity at the cooler hours of the day, such as early in the morning or late at night.

  5. Refreshing baths: Give your dog refreshing baths to help him cool down. Use warm or cold water and avoid cold baths as they can cause thermal shock. Make sure to dry your dog’s coat thoroughly to avoid skin problems.

  6. Sun protection: light-skinned or short-haired dogs can be sunburned. Apply dog sunscreen to sensitive areas such as ears, muzzle and belly. Use products specifically for dogs, as some human products may be toxic to them.

  7. Beware of insect bites: During summer, insects are more active. Protect your dog against flea, tick and mosquito bites by using appropriate repellent products. Check your dog’s coat regularly and make sure it has no signs of parasites.

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