As we head into July and August, hot temperatures can really have an impact on our pets. Let’s discuss some of the potential hazards that might be present in your surroundings as summer heats up.
According to the Association for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), there are a number of things to consider during hot weather.
- Heartworm. While heartworm may not be the first thing that comes to mind, heartworm is a risk factor. Moosquitos are out and they transmit the disease. Get your pet checked for heartworm and keep her on preventative medication.
- Dehydration. Like humans, pets need to get plenty of water and have a shady or cool spot to keep their internal temperature regulated.
- Parked cars. We know that it can heat up quickly inside a car. This means potential heat stroke or death. And, in some states it is illegal.
- Pools. Pets shouldn’t be unsupervised. Not every pet is a good swimmer. And if you use pool covers, the potential for an unattended pet to get trapped is real.
- Open, unscreened windows. Pets can fall out of windows that are open and unscreened. Also, if you live in a high-rise with a patio or balcony make sure your pet is never left unattended. A fall from a significant distance can be fatal and can potentially injure others below.
- Asphalt. We know the road gets hot. If your pet is low to the ground, not only can they get an overheated body from absorbing heat into their belly, they can burn the pads on their paws.
For other hazards go to https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/general-pet-care/hot-weather-safety-tips.
Be safe and keep an eye on your senior pets as the summer sun raises the mercury in those thermometers.
My dog, like most people, has a routine. And she likes to keep things in the rut in which she has grown accustomed. Just like humans, pets need to acclimate to new routines in order to mitigate the most severe reactions of separation anxiety that could occur.
As summer nears, people and pets may find themselves struggling to readjust. Just as you would prepare your children for bedtime hours in the days leading up to the end of summer vacation, you should consider how to manage your pet.
What to Consider
If your pet has grown used to having you home all day long and you immediately disappear as you begin to work outside the home again or go on vacation, your pet may demonstrate separation anxiety. It could be as simple as an involuntary urination in the house or as destructive as chewing drywall or breaking through windows or doors.
The best way to avoid any extreme reaction is to transition your pet back to your typical routine. Floofins & Co. can assist you by helping you get your pet out the door and back to a normal midday walk with our pet care specialist. We can also help you build up extended periods of your absence to reacclimatize them to potential travel periods.
What You Can D0
If you have a new puppy, you want to build times into your schedule where you leave them alone. Also, you want to get them used to a dog walker during the day. Exposing them to different schedules and people, with safe social distancing, will help to prevent separation anxiety.
We want to help you get out and be in the world again while making sure your floofin has had the time to remember what those periods away from home will feel like.
Hopefully, you can avoid any behavior issues from separation anxiety by taking steps now to get your pet readjusted slowly to different routines. Contact us to find out how to schedule your pet on walks with us and ask about any special accommodations you may have. Stay safe, transition slowly, and avoid separation anxiety.
What sounds better on a hot, steamy summer day than a big ole scoop of your favorite ice cream? Not much! But, your pet may not be able to digest the contents of your favorite batch of frozen goodness. So, why not make some ice cream for them?
We’ve assembled some ideas for you to whip up some homemade treats that will taste way better than what is in the store. They will also give you the benefit of knowing exactly what each treat contains.
First up, many people are familiar with Frosty Paws in the grocery store. Our friends over at Rover.com have concocted a similar treat with fewer ingredients. It contains yogurt, peanut butter and bananas. If your dog doesn’t take well to plain yogurt there is an alternate version included. Click this link to get the recipe.
Maybe you have fresh fruit and would prefer to mix up something a little less creamy, but still tasty. They’ve got you covered with a Watermelon Mint Sherbet. Not only is it healthy, but the mint will give your pet great breath. You can even watch it being made by clicking here to see a video.
Remember that too much dairy can cause an upset tummy. Also, some sugar free additives can be toxic to your pet. If you have questions about your pets health and nutrition we always recommend consulting your veterinarian.
We hope that these ideas help you create a nutritious and delicious treat to share with your pet during the hot summer days ahead of us.
With the heat of summer bearing down upon us, we are all looking for ways to stay cool. Tall cold drinks look especially refreshing. But have you considered whether your pet is properly hydrating with you?
July is Pet Hydration month. It is the perfect time to take a look at how much water your pet is getting in their day and whether it is enough. We all know that the human body is primarily liquid, but did you realize that a pet has a higher percentage of water in its body than we do?
According to Springbook Animal Care Center in Naperville, even mild dehydration can have serious impact on the health and function of your floofin. They recommend that you watch for the following signs that might indicate dehyrdation:
- Sunken eyes
- Loss of appetite
- Dry mouth/gums
Make sure to keep your pet’s water bowls cleaned and constantly filled with fresh water. A pet should have approximately one ounce of water per pound. So, my 40 pound dog would need roughly 40 ounces, or 5 glasses, of water per day.
Be sure to exercise your pet at a slower pace with as much shade and rest breaks as needed. Consider incorporating wet food into their diet as it has a higher water content than kibble.
Further, remember to keep your birds, reptiles, or other pets out of direct sunlight and to keep them supplied with fresh water at all times. No one wants to make a trip to the emergency room for a case of dehydration.
Keep yourself and your pet fully hydrated and remember to slow down as the temperatures go up. Episodes of heat stroke can occur in pets just as easily as in humans. Stay safe and drink up!