It's hot outside, and you're not the only one feeling it!
With summer in full swing, most people are getting out of their houses and spending more time in nature. Understandably, they are bringing their pets along, but inadvertently putting them at risk.
Your Atlanta vet should have already warned you about the negative consequences heat can have on your pets. Overheating, heat stroke, dehydration, sunburns. These are all common issues that come with hot weather.
As a pet owner, it is important to take proper precautions to protect your pet from the heat.
Here are four tips on how to help your pet beat the heat this summer.
1. Give Booties a Try
Ever walked barefoot on hot sand at the beach? It didn't feel nice, did it? Keep in mind that while you have shoes to protect you from the hot sidewalk, your pets don't. That means they can burn their paws walking on hot sand or asphalt.
Dog and cat booties might be a good solution if your pet feels comfortable wearing them. You can most likely find them at your local pet store.
2. Pay Attention to Your Pets' Behavior
Your pets can't tell you when something is bothering them. However, if you take close notice, you will see they have their ways of trying to communicate with you.
Here are warning signs you shouldn't ignore:
- Your pet looks disoriented and shaky on their feet
- Excessive panting or difficulty breathing
3. Limit How Much Your Pet Exercises
Exercise is important, but if you're walking your pet for extended periods of time on a hot day, you're doing them more harm than good.
Our experienced doctors encourage pet owners to adapt the duration and intensity of exercise to the temperature outside.
4. Visit an Atlanta Vet to Find Out More about Your Pet's Breed
Different breeds of dogs and cats react to heat differently. Some are more sensible than others. For instance:
- Animals with short noses and flat faces like Pugs, Boston Terriers or Persian cats are more susceptible to heat stroke. These breeds cannot pant as efficiently. Therefore, they require extra attention during the summer months.
- Pets with white-colored ears are prone to suffer from sun damage to the skin and even develop skin cancer.
It's important to be mindful of your pet's breed particularities to make sure your pets receive the level of protection they need.
A knowledgeable Atlanta vet can tell you all about certain conditions associated with your pet's breed. This way, you'll know how to protect your friend from the heat.
Want more information on how to keep your pets safe during the hot months?
Also, we wrote another article awhile back on how to keep your pet safe during warm weather, so check that out as well.