Summers, the loved one! Or the dreaded one! Well, this depends on which part of the world you stay in. In general, summers are a great time to explore the world. And so it is for our pets. So, what all to care for when it comes to pets? Here’s a list to consider:
- Protect skin not covered with hair
Fur provides enough protection to those areas where fur density is high. In the areas sparsely covered by hair, it is advisable to apply a pet sunblock every 3 to 4 hours. These areas include belly for dogs and ears and around eyes for cats. Make sure to use pet-only products.
- Don’t shave your pet’s coat short
Counterintuitively, a long coat helps a pet maintain appropriate body temperature during summers. “A dog’s coat is kind of like insulation for your house,” explains Dr. Louise Murray, Vice President of the ASPCA Animal Hospital. “Insulation stops your home from getting too cold in winter, but it also keeps it from overheating in summer—and your dog’s coat does the same thing.”
Your pet’s coat also protects her skin from getting sunburn and helps prevent skin cancer. Further, pets with thick coats naturally shed hair during summers. Brush her frequently to remove dead fur and allow better air circulation. That said, the regular hair trimming is absolutely fine.
- Aloe vera for burns
In case your pet does end up suffering sunburn, apply aloe vera two times a day over the affected area. This will help soothe the pet.
- Avoid pet-walking when it’s hot
Avoid walking your pet when it’s too hot or humid. This will usually include the time between 1 PM and 4 PM. This precaution is particularly recommended for pets with short snouts, for instance bulldogs, because they can’t pant properly in humid weather due to their narrowed nostrils.
- Don’t leave your pet in car
Temperatures in a parked car can soar quickly, as much as 10°C in 7 minutes. To give you another perspective, on a 25°C day, temperature in a car parked directly under the sun can reach a staggering 71°C! This can be fatal for your pet. On a hot day, it’s best to leave your pet at home. If you have to drive with your pet, carry some water and a water dish, and take her along when you leave your car.