Pets and Summer

 

This article was written for Pet Guardian Angels of America by Jenn Lee
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Pet Care Tips for Summer Weather

Caring for your pet should always be a high priority, but the warmer weather of summer requires a few additional measures to ensure your pet’s health and safety.

The relationship that you have with your dog or cat is one of the most special relationships that you have in your life. A pet is a companion and a friend. They give so much love and affection and in return you need to do your best to guarantee that they live a happy and healthy life. As summer sets in, make sure that you’re taking the change in weather into consideration and providing for your pet’s needs.

Water

Your pet should always have a supply of fresh, clean water, but this is especially important in the warm summer months. Pets can easily become dehydrated and this can lead to severe consequences for their health. Make sure that your pet is always able to access water and that you change it often to keep it clean.

Good Nutrition

Your pet may be more active in the summer. The nicer weather means that you will likely be spending more time outdoors and your pet will want to join you.

An active lifestyle requires proper nutrition. Support your pet’s needs by giving them high quality food. Look closely at the ingredients in their food and choose a nutritious blend like Dr. Marty Nature’s Blend. A good quality food will support your dog or cat’s health and give them the energy to run, play, and enjoy being outside.

Shade

Your pet’s fur coat makes them very sensitive to the heat. They need to have access to shade to keep themselves cool so they don’t overheat and become ill. Too much sun and heat can cause your pet to get heat stroke or have other negative health effects.

Whenever your pet is outside, they need to be able to find shaded shelter from the sun’s harsh rays. Any type of shade is fine, whether this is being out in the woods so they have the cover of the trees, or are given the option to go inside or seek shelter under a canopy of sorts.

You could also consider limiting your pets outdoor time during the hottest hours of the day to be on the safe side.

Grooming and Pest Prevention

During the warmer summer months, not only are people and their pets more active, but pests are as well. Common pests like fleas or ticks become much more active and numerous when the temperature rises. These insects can be highly irritating to your cat or dog. Flea and tick bites can cause rashes and raw patches on their skin and problems with their coat. In some cases, they can even lead to severe illnesses such as Lymes disease from infected ticks.

Take preventive measures by getting your pet the medications or topical applications to deter these bugs. Do a check on your pet each time they come inside to make sure nothing is hiding out in their fur.

A flea infestation is something that will affect your dog and cause significant upheaval in your life. Eliminating fleas from your home takes time and care and requires you to frequently clean and vacuum all of your carpets and furniture. Prevention is a much better strategy in this case.

During the summer you need to bathe your pet on a regular basis to get rid of these insects and keep their fur clean from any accumulated dirt from being outside. Regular grooming is also a must. A good brushing will help you to remove any excess fur that is causing your pet to be uncomfortably overheating, and will give you a chance to look for any pests trapped in their coat.

Do your cat or dog a favor and take a few extra steps this summer to ensure that they’re feeling their best so they can enjoy this time with you and have a great and playful summer.

Jenn Lee, is a family blogger and proud parent of Reggie the Golden Retriever .