Summer Survival Guide for Cats & Dogs

Keep Your Pets Cool

It’s warming up! Have you started your pet’s Summer survival routine? If you’re feeling the heat, chances are your pets are also. So it goes without saying, you should always make sure your pets are in a cool environment or have a shady area they can retreat to. We’ve listed a few ideas to help you and your pets get through the dreaded Summer months.

 

Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate

Hydration is very important in hotter months in Australia. As temperatures rise, our pets (that can sweat) tend to sweat more, therefore constantly needing to replenish themselves with a lot of water. A good idea is to put a large bowl of water in a covered area and add ice cubes to keep the water cool and refreshing.

 

If you’re worried about your pet you can check for dehydration symptoms. It is unlikely for pets to become dehydrated without underlying health problems. If you believe your pet is suffering from dehydration there are a few symptoms to look for. Firstly, lightly pinch the skin on the back of your dog or cat’s shoulder blades. If, when you pinch it, the skin stays up for a moment before very slowly going back down, this means your pet is dehydrated. In this instance, you should contact your local vet immediately.

 

To Shave or Not to Shave?

Cats and dogs have adapted their coats over generations to withstand their surroundings. A cat’s coat is usually designed to keep it warm in Winter and cool in Summer through its own temperature regulation. That is why most breeds of cats do not require the big shave when Summer rolls around.

 

For dogs, the story is much the same. If you shave your dog, it is likely that their coat will grow back differently and affect their naturally derived temperature regulation. Double- coated dogs such as Huskies and Australian Shepherds should not be shaved because having a thicker coat actually aids them in staying cool and avoiding sunburn. Whereas, single-coated dogs such as Poodles and Bichon Frise have a coat suitable for clipping. If you’re unsure about your dog’s coat, consult your vet or groomer before making the decision.

 

Ice Treats

Ice treats are fantastic for the hotter months! They are super easy to prepare and your pets will love you for them. For cats, try freezing Tuna and chicken stock in an ice block and serve. For dogs, try bananas, carrots, bacon and peanut butter. You won’t win any awards for gourmet cooking but they’ll love it!

 

Walk With Caution

You can still exercise your pets during the hotter months, but it is a good idea to do so either in the early morning or later in the afternoon. Listen to your pet and make sure they are happy and healthy during and after exercise. If you wouldn’t walk on the hot ground barefoot then don’t expect them to!