Summer is officially here, and while your seasonal transition means putting away winter clothes and pulling out your summer decor, things are a bit more challenging for your pet.
To prepare them for these hot summer months, they will need some help from you. Fortunately, if you are willing to put in some extra time and effort, this will be relatively simple. Be sure to follow these six steps to prepare your pet for summer.
Ensure your pet is up to date on all medications.
Because we live in such a warm climate, you should be administering heartworm medications all year. It is important to stay on top of this, with the transmission of heartworms at its peak during mosquito season.
Just like with heartworm prevention, stay consistent with flea and tick prevention medications. Fleas can be seen all year round but come with a vengeance during the hot summer months. Don’t let your pet get caught in their path of destruction as they will make you and your pets miserable all summer long.
Keep up on grooming.
If your bathing ritual with your pup has fallen off a bit during the winter, it’s time to get back on track. Visits to the dog park, walks in the woods, long hikes, and trips to the beach will have your pup in desperate need of some TLC this summer. A bath every few weeks is a great idea. Additionally, give your dog a gentle brushing once a week, it’ll feel great, and keep his or her coat looking shiny. Use this time to bond with your pet and thoroughly check the fur, ears, and paws closely for any unwanted visitors.
While cats typically groom themselves, it never hurts to give them some extra attention, especially when it’s hot outside. From nail trims to bathing, a little maintenance goes a long way. If your feline friend loves the outdoors, pay special attention to ears and paws.
If you aren’t up to the task of grooming this summer, splurge on a spa day for your pet. Our groomer, Hillary Spaziano, has been grooming for over ten years. She has a unique way of building trust with our clients and their pets. Want to develop your kitty’s confidence? We offer lion-style cuts that make their faces pop! We have everything from a basic bathing package to full grooming bundles.
Summer is not just time for pets to have some fun, but their owners as well. As a result, make sure to think of something that you can do with your pet can do together while outside, whether that means something restful and relaxing, such as a picnic or something more strenuous such as hiking in the great outdoors.
Whatever you decide to choose in the end, you should make sure that you and your pet are well-prepared. That way, your day can be a healthy and stress-free reprieve for you both. Somethings to keep in mind while you’re out exploring:
- If you are walking on a hot day, stick with early morning or evening. Before you head out, test the asphalt with the palm of your hand or a bare foot. If it’s too hot for your hand or foot, it’s too hot for your pet’s paws.
- If you’re planning a trip to the beach, do not let your pet drink the saltwater. Consuming excessive saltwater can make your pet sick and even lead to death.
- Be wary of standing bodies of water as they can contain blue-green algae, which is extremely toxic and dangerous for pets.
Watch for overheating.
As we move into summer, it’s essential to keep a close eye on your pets. Work to prevent overheating and watch for the signs.
At a minimum, this means making sure that they have easy access to plenty of water and providing them with shady places for rest. Never leave your pet alone in your car because its interior can become extremely hot. Some symptoms of overheating include:
- Heavy panting
- Excessive drooling
- Agitation or restlessness
- Very red or pale gums
- Bright red tongue
- Increased heart rate
- Breathing distress
- Mental confusion, dizziness, and staggering
- Lethargy or weakness
- Little to no urine production
Get your pet microchipped.
If your pet isn’t already microchipped, now’s the time! Your pet will spend much more time outside when it’s warm out, which unfortunately increases their chances of running away. Make sure your best friend always finds his or her way back home with a microchip.
College Road and Carolina Beach Animal Hospitals offer the HomeAgain microchip products to increase the chances of a safe and happy recovery.
Visit your vet.
Your pet should have at least one vet visit a year, and summer is a great time to do this. Schedule their checkup and vaccinations all at the same. This will help you to understand where your pet’s health is as well as providing education on how to keep them healthy in the warmer months.
Contact us today to make an appointment for a wellness visit. At College Road and Carolina Beach Animal Hospitals, we will assess your pet’s risk and make recommendations for testing and vaccination to provide the best medical care for your pet.