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Posted August 13th, 2012 under Austin Pet Sitting

Protecting Your Pet from Summer Heat

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Protecting Your Pet from Summer Heat

Summer comes right on the dot each year, and everyone welcomes the summer heat and takes to the outdoors to soak up the sunshine and warmth. However, over-exposure to the sun can be bad for your health, including the health of your animals. As much as it is important for you to protect yourself, there is no less importance to protect your pets, too.

How Do Animals Adapt Themselves To The Heat?

Just like the humans, animals will also find ways to adjust and acclimatized to the weather. During the summer, most warm-blooded animals will pant to lose their bodily heat through evaporation. They cool-off under the shade, or by soaking in pools of water. On the other hand, cold-blooded animals love to bask in the sun to warm up and to increase their metabolism. Yet when the heat becomes too extreme, they will move to shady areas, open their mouth, lighten their skin color or burrow underground to cool themselves down.

While these are the natural habits of animals in the wild, our beloved pets may not be privileged to adapt to the weather all on their own. Your pets, or even the animals reared for commercial purposes, are confined to man-made environments and as their owner, it is your responsibilities to adopt appropriate measures to protect animal from any extreme heat.

What Risks Does Animals Faced In The Summer?

The summer temperature can put your animals at risk. Contrary to many beliefs, animals do suffer from sunburn. White animals, short or thin haired, or those that have had their hair cut or shaved are sensitive to the sun and can suffer from sunburn. Just like humans, they can develop skin cancer too. Gardening during summer increases the likelihood of animal contact with fertilizers and other chemicals used in the garden. Mosquitoes, flies, fleas, ticks and other bugs are most prevalent in the summer heat and cause health issues for animals. Animals also do not react well to summer storms, which may sometimes cause tremendous anxiety. The extent of their anxiety-attacks may be potentially dangerous to their safety. Damages to property and injuries sustained by the animal are not uncommon.

How Can You Protect Animals During Summer?

The sweltering heat during summer can be especially difficult for some animals. First and foremost, it is imperative to keep your mind on your animals’ hydration. It is always a good rule of thumb to give them plenty of water to ward off the dehydrating summer heat. Invest in good-sized bowls or bottles to ensure they have access to a steady supply of water throughout the day, even when you are not around. If you can help it, do not leave your animals unattended outside under the hot sun. It is advisable to keep them indoors or under a large shaded area during the hottest part of the day to prevent dehydration and to protect animal from heat stress and heat stroke. Keep them under leash if you have to as a precaution. Make time to groom and bathe them frequently to keep them comfortable and insulated from the heat.

Being fully aware about the summer risks for your animals can make a big difference for an incident free season. If you have taken all the appropriate precautions to protect animal against the summer heat, there’ll be endless freedom for everyone to enjoy the long sunny days.

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