With the colder months now in our rearview mirror, warmer temperatures are surely welcomed by many of us. And this means we may spend more time outside enjoying the sunshine and blue skies. And this is especially true if you have pets. And if you are one of those pet owners who likes to leave their dogs outside for extended periods of time, then you know that danger does exist.
So for when it is hot outside, here are some tips that you can follow to help your 4 legged friend out. Remember to keep your pets safe this spring and summer.
Don’t Leave Them Alone…
For those of you who like to take your cats and dogs with you in the car, remember not to leave them. Although you may think you will just be away for a few minutes, the heat can really increase in a short period of time. It’s just not worth it. There is no reason to even risk a pet’s health. If you’re planning on running errands and cannot take your pet inside with you, leave them at home.
Always have water for your pet nearby. Sometimes one bowl of water isn’t enough. Your pet may go through the first one fast. So have another one that’s full and place it beside the first. And don’t forget that you need to stay hydrated as well. Heat exhaustion is not something that should be overlooked. Make sure your pets have plenty of shade. You wouldn’t want to be left outside in the bright sunshine. They will need a place to rest and not be have direct contact with the sun.
Speaking of the summertime, both pets and humans can be severely affected by the heat and lack of water. Did you know just as you can experience sunburn, so can your pets. You can actually purchase sunblock for pets. Place this on their ears, nose, and even their groin area.
Many dogs seem like they are natural swimmers. They jump in the lake or pool and retrieve balls and other toys with ease. Have you take your dog out for a swim before? Just because you have seen other dogs play and swim in the water, doesn’t mean yours can. So monitor your pet, especially if they don’t know how to swim or never have before.
Humans have their normal checkups with their doctors. Why shouldn’t a pet see their veterinarian on a regular schedule as well? Not only will they be outside during the summer, they are more likely to have fatigue set in. Also there are many different pests and parasites they may come into contact outside.
Pet owners and their pets surely love the warmer weather. And there is no reason why everyone can’t enjoy it. Just understand that there are certain precautions that all pet owners should take. A lack of water and direct sunlight can take a toll very quickly. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
Henry Hernandez is an entrepreneur from Texas who is a pet lover himself. Henry has 2 dogs and living in Texas he knows how important it is to watch them carefully in the hot, summer months. Henry works as a marketing coordinator for a Houston, TX apartment finder http://www.houston1apartments.com/. Henry can be found on Google+.