How to take care of your Pets for Summer in Cape Canaveral, FL.
Summer is quickly approaching and with it health risks for all pets. Higher temperatures can increase the likelihood of injuries, skin and ear infections, and heat stroke becomes another worry. Pets have a higher body temperature than humans, and with their fur coats, summer can be very difficult. Even if wild animals are well adapted to the elements, companion animals are just as vulnerable to extreme temperatures as their owners.
Heatstroke can occur when a pet's body is unable to bring the temperature down to normal levels simply by panting, which is how they try to avoid being too hot. Heatstroke, in this context, refers to a high body temperature that is not caused by prolonged exposure to environmental factors, particularly hot temperatures. Luckily doing some simple things can help us keep our pets cool and comfortable.
AVOID DIRECT SUN
It is critical to avoid sun exposure for more than one hour straight since your pet’s body temperature rises a lot when their fur gets hot. Remember, they don't sweat to cool off; instead, they pant and seek out cool surfaces to do so. Taking them on walks early in the mornings or night is usually a better idea during the summer, as well as walks on the beach, where they can cool off on the water.
SUPPLY ENOUGH WATER
When it gets hot, pets are much thirstier than humans, and dehydration is always a risk for them during the summer. Dry gums and excessive drooling are two signs of dehydration that you should be on the lookout for. Always make sure your pet has easy access to fresh, clean water, and bring a bottle for your pet companion with you when you go outside, just like you do for yourself!
If you prefer walks during the day, keep your pet in the shade as much as possible. While most pets enjoy sunbathing, direct sunlight can overheat them (especially dogs) and cause heatstroke.
Furry pets should be groomed well in the summer because their thick coat will make them feel hotter. It can also be a great way to keep them healthy, as fur and hot weather can provide a breeding ground for bacteria and parasites.
SIGNS OF OVERHEATING
If you notice any of the following symptoms in your pet during the summer, it could be a sign of a heat-related problem:
- Heavy panting
- Dry or bright red gums
- Thick drool
- Wobbly legs
If you notice any of these symptoms of heat exhaustion, give them a drink of water, move them to a cool place, and take them to the veterinarian. It is not recommended to immerse them in cold water because this can cause shock.
If you go out in the sun with your pet, keep them away from hot surfaces such as cement and asphalt. It can burn their paws and even raise their body temperature, resulting in overheating.
In the summer, your pet is at risk for parasite diseases like heartworm, Lyme disease, and Bartonella, just as for fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other pests that can put your pet and yourself at risk, so ask your veterinarian at Ocean Animal Hospital for the necessary medical prescriptions to keep your pet pest-free.
If your pet is suffering heat related problems, please call (321) 406-1618, and our staff will advise you on what steps you should take to help them as soon as possible. Remember that summer pet safety isn't difficult; it just takes some dedication and attention.