It’s summertime, and you can bet that your pets are feeling the heat just as much if not more than you yourself are, especially if your pets are long- haired or have tons of hair in general. Even the short-haired animals among us can suffer during the summer months. It is up to us, as their human companions, to make sure that they have nourishing food and sufficient water. It is also our responsibility to make sure they get plenty of exercise both inside and outside, and that they are taken care of and watched over during the warmest days of the year.
- Did you know that July and August are peak birthing periods for both kittens and puppies? We must take special care that the mothers are not dehydrated, much like human mothers, so that they are able to produce sufficient milk for their little ones. If they are unable to make sufficient milk for their litter, PetAg offers excellent alternatives, such as KMR and Esbilac which is specifically formulated to meet puppy and kitten needs.
- Believe it or not, dogs and cats sunburn nearly as easily as human beings, even with all of the hair that they have, especially light colored animals. Make sure that you keep your pets indoors during the warmest and brightest part of the day.
- A dog’s normal body temperature is between 100 and 102.5 degrees. If the temperature rises above 106, serious injury can occur and will certainly require medical attention. Heat strokes occur at or above 106 degrees, and between 103 and 105 degrees, your pet will most certainly be uncomfortable. Ensure that you carefully monitor your pet if he must be outdoors when it is very warm. The best time of day for play during the “dog days of summer” are early in the morning and after 5 PM in the evening, when the sun is no longer high in the sky and breezes are more plentiful.
- To keep your dog or cat from overheating, make sure to clip their coats short, but not shaved, as this will eliminate the protection of the hair against the sun.
- Never leave your dog in the car, even with the windows rolled down. The temperature in an automobile can soar in a very short period of time.
When in doubt, do what you would do for yourself or your child. Just as a child is helpless in some things, so too is an animal, whether as an infant or full-grown adult pet.