Spring is at the verge of ending, and summer is on the onset. Apart from warm winds, scorching sun and dehydrating days, there are a lot of unpleasant effects the season brings along. We need to brace ourselves to deal with summer problems like rashes, heat strokes and body odor. But in this life that we share with our pets, we need to watch out for the wellbeing of our paw-tastic buddies. Summer brings a lot of health related problems for our little pets as well.
I am listing a couple of heat related problems that may affect your pets, and a few remedies to help you keep them away from the wrath of the season.
Heat strokes occur when your dog’s body temperature rises dangerously high. It is most common when dogs are left in a car for too long, or when they exercise in the heat. Never leave your dog in the car in hot weather, and always remember that a cracked window is not enough to cool a car. Your dog always needs access to shade outside. Muzzling interferes with a dog’s ability to cool itself by panting and should be avoided. In case of flat faced dogs like Pugs, Shih Tzu and Pekingese, obesity makes them prone for acute respiratory distress, snoring snorting, chocking for breath results in respiratory failure and death. Heat Strokes can manifest themselves in various ways, so I suggest you look for these symptoms during the summer. Excessive panting, seizures, dehydrations, excessive drooling, wobbliness, blood in vomit, reddened gums, muscle tremors, limited or no urine, are some of the symptoms you should look out for.
In the event that you pet is going through a heat stroke I suggest you follow the following course of action to relieve them:
1.Put your dog in the bathtub or shower area.
2.Run a cool (not cold) shower over your pet, covering the whole body — especially the back of the head and neck.
3.Allow the water to fill up the bathtub as you shower the dog. Keep the head elevated to prevent aspiration pneumonia.
4.If getting the dog into the tub is impractical, use a garden hose to cool your pet or place him in a pool of cool water.
5.Apply a cold pack to your pet’s head to help lower his body temperature — a packet of frozen vegetables works fine.
6.Massage the legs. A vigorous rubbing helps their circulation and reduces the risks of shock..
7.Let them drink as much cool or cold water as they want. Adding a pinch of salt to the water bowl will help the dog replace the minerals it lost through panting.
Dogs can burn in the sun just like people can. Don’t cut their coat or hair for heck of it. White, light-colored, and thinly coated dogs have an increased risk of sunburn. Sunburn causes pain, itching, peeling, and other problems. To prevent this, apply a waterproof sunscreen formulated for babies or pets. Be sure to cover the tips of your dog’s ears and nose, the skin around its mouth, and its back.
3. Burned footpads
Sidewalk, patio, street, sand and other surfaces can burn your dog’s footpads. Walk your dog in the morning and at night when outdoor surfaces are coolest. Press your hand onto surfaces for 30 seconds to test them before allowing your dog to walk on them. If it is painful for you, it will be painful for your dog too.
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Prevent dehydration by providing your dogs with unrestricted access to fresh and cold water both indoors and outside. Ice cubes and frozen chicken broth encourage your dogs to take in more fluids and help keep them cool. You can also feed your dogs wet dog food during the summer to increase their fluid intake.
Ticks, fleas, mosquitoes, flies, and other insects are at their peak during the summer months. Talk to your veterinarian about appropriate protection such as collars, sprays, spot-on, shampoos, dips, and other products.
6.Chemicals in the water
It is no secret that most dogs love to swim. Swimming can be fun for you and your dog and helps prevent heat stroke. However, chlorine can irritate a dog’s skin and upset its stomach. Rinse your dog with fresh water after swimming in a pool and do not let it drink more than a small amount of pool water. Standing water, such as puddles, can also be dangerous for dogs to drink due to the presence of antifreeze or other chemicals. Provide your dog with fresh water regularly.
Fleas, mold, flowers, weeds and other potential allergens are common during summer. Allergies cause itching (and with it, excessive scratching), coughing, sneezing, discomfort, and other problems for your dog. Keep your dog away from allergy triggers when possible, especially if you know it has a particular allergy. Ask your veterinarian about whether your pet would benefit from a canine antihistamine or other medication.
During the summer, don’t let the heat bog your pet down and be stuck indoors. The best exercise this summer would be to take your dog on a walk. But be very careful regarding the timing to prevent health issues. Late evenings right before sunset is the perfect time to take your pet for a 20-minute walk. After your walk with your pet, don’t walk directly into a cool room, let their body temperature get regulated and come back to their regular body temperature before entering a air conditioned room.
Now that you’ve read about these summer related problems, you can keep your pets away from the suffering. Keeping your pets cool during summers also helps you eliminate instances of rage and irritation in them. So I would suggest you follow these rules to the T to ensure your pets can brave the summer.
Until next time!
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