- by Dr Azeemulla H R
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- Apr 04 2018
Keep your pets cool this summer
Just like us, the summer heat can take a toll on your pet’s health too. Everything that the human body is prone to during the summers can affect pets as well. Here are a few things you should keep in mind:
- Hyperthermia is a condition that causes overheating when pets are trapped in environments like a car or the beach, places that make it difficult for them to be able to cool themselves.
- Some pets like bulldogs have a compromised airway which makes it more difficult for them to cool down by removing heat through panting. In an attempt to cool themselves, then end up heating themselves all the more, leading to a heat stroke.
- Pets are smarter than you think and spend more time indoors on cool flooring like kitchen tiles during the peak hours of summer. So, let them rest through the day and keep walks and play time during the early morning hours or post sunset to help them beat the heat.
- Letting pets stay indoors during the hottest hours helps them breathe easy and keeps their paws safe form the heated ground
- If you do find yourself out with your pet in the middle of the day, ensure that you find them a nice shady spot to avoid excess panting and help keep their paws and system cool
- Hydrate! This is the key. Just like us, pets need to be kept hydrated to ensure they do not get dehydrated. Keep fresh water available at all times so that they can replace the fluids that are lost when they pant.
- Don’t unnecessarily trim you pet’s mane in an attempt to keep them cool. Their fur coat actually protects them from sunburns and overheating. So, unless the hair long and requires trimming, don’t go about cutting their fur.
- If your pets are on the obese side or have heart related conditions, give them some extra care. Keep water always available and try to keep them in air conditioned rooms if possible. Also, if you can buy a pet pool/tub to help them cool off as well.
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