As we greet the arrival of summer, we look forward to clear skies, longer days, and the promise of warm sunshine. This is a season of joy and outdoor activities, and naturally, our pets are keen to be a part of it all. However, with the mercury steadily climbing, it's essential to remember that the higher temperatures can be challenging for our furry companions. Keeping them cool and well-hydrated becomes paramount. This Wagmo-approved guide will provide valuable tips to ensure your pet's comfort and safety in the upcoming summer months.
1. Hydration is Key
Always ensure your pet has access to fresh, clean water, whether they're indoors or outside. Consider adding ice cubes to their water bowl to keep it cold for longer periods. When you're out and about, bring a portable water dish or bottle.
2. Offer Cool Treats
Freeze pet-friendly treats, fruits, or special dog ice creams as a fun and healthy way to help your pet beat the heat. Frozen carrots can be a great low-calorie option for dogs. Remember to avoid foods that are harmful to pets, such as chocolate and certain fruits.
3. Provide Ample Shade
If your pet enjoys spending time outside, make sure they have a shaded area where they can escape the sun. This could be under a tree, a porch, or a specially designed pet canopy.
4. Try a Cooling Mat
Cooling mats or pet beds can provide much-needed relief from the heat. They're especially beneficial for breeds that are prone to overheating or senior pets.
5. Avoid the Hottest Parts of the Day
Try to walk your pets early in the morning or late in the evening when temperatures are lower. Not only is the air cooler, but the pavement will be too. If the pavement is too hot for your hand, it's too hot for their paws.
6. Regular Grooming
Keep your pet's fur well-groomed to prevent overheating. For dogs with double coats, regular brushing can help remove the undercoat, allowing for better air circulation.
7. Never Leave Them in a Parked Car
Even with the windows open, a parked car can rapidly reach dangerous temperatures. It's best to leave your pets at home where it's cool when running errands.
While these tips will go a long way in keeping your pet cool, always keep an eye on your pet for signs of heatstroke such as excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, or uncoordinated movements. If in doubt, consult with a vet. Through Wagmo's Wellness plan, you have access to VETalk for real-time virtual vet consultations, ensuring that expert advice is just a call away.
Keep your pets cool, safe, and happy this summer with Wagmo's comprehensive pet care plans. After all, our pets deserve to enjoy the summer too!