Pet owners who live in Croydon benefit from a pet-friendly environment. The borough has dozens of parks and open spaces where you can take you furry friends for long walks, and several awareness events are organised throughout the year.
The South East of England is also known for its hot summers which pet owners should be aware of. With summer just around the corner, it’s important to make sure you know how to keep your pets healthy and comfortable.
Though most animals have their own ways of cooling their bodies during the summer, you can be sure that offering them a little help will never go amiss. Small pets, in particular, may have a hard time dealing with high temperatures. Here are four top tips on how to care for your pets during the summer.
Prevent Heat Exhaustion
It’s normal for pets to spend more time outdoors, so preventing heat exhaustion is crucial. Some dog breeds, like bulldogs, pugs, and boxers, are more vulnerable to the heat, and so are older dogs and those with breathing problems.
To prevent heat exhaustion, walk your dog during the coolest time of the day (early morning or late evening), and ensure there’s always a source of water nearby. During the hottest time of the day, you can also add ice cubes to their drinking water.
Melanoma is one of the most common cancers in dogs and cats. Applying pet sunscreen can help keep them safe and to prevent sunburn. In cats, apply it around their ears, nose, and eyes. If you are a dog owner, apply sunscreen to their bellies and to any other areas with little or no hair.
Keep Them Bug-Free
The summer is a prime time for ticks, fleas, and similar bugs, which can cause health problems in your pets. To keep them bug-free, check your pet’s fur and hair on a daily basis, and especially after walks in parks, gardens, or lawns. Don’t forget to check between their toes too!
Summer Safety for Your Furry Friends
Rabbits, guinea pigs, ferrets and hamsters are particularly vulnerable to high temperatures, so keep them away from windows or heat sources and make sure they always have extra water available. Keeping them in an air-conditioned room or cooling the room with a fan are also good ideas.
Talk to your Vet to make sure that you are doing the right thing for your pets. Apart from their vast knowledge of animals, they can also provide medicine and treatment to your pets if necessary. Vets are your best partners in protecting the health of your beloved pets.
Skin Cancer (Squamous Cell Carcinoma) in Cats, PetMD.com
Hot Weather Safety Tips, aspca.org