Are you and your pets summer ready?
Although we are almost halfway through summer I still see plenty of “evidence” that there are people out there unaware their pets may not quite be enjoying the hot weather quite as much as they do.
So- are you and your Furrkidz ready to deal with our hot summer?
How do you keep my pet cool in the hot weather.
#1 Access to shade and plenty of cool and clean drinking water. You can put ice cubes in the water- they keep the water cold for longer. I tried it with the cats a few times but they wouldn’t touch it - think they thought it was strange critters in their bowl and despite being thirsty, they refused to drink till the critters disappeared!
Dog do enjoy a game and the cubes tend to be just one more game in the life of dog. They play with water often and you, as their human, need to master the art of keeping the water topped up. This isn’t easy when you are at work or out, perhaps an auto water dispenser is in order.
If possible, though, please keep the pets indoors or at least access to indoors in the heat of the day.
#2. Summer is full of thunderstorms and fireworks… we have managed to get through New Year so the next “obstacle” is Australia Day. Some dogs freak out at the fireworks and will do anything to get away from them including burrowing under fences, clawing at gates, getting through small holes and run the risk of being lost or worse- hit by a car.
There are likely to be more storms before our summer is done and dusted and these, too, can cause undue amounts of stress to our pets. Once again, same as with fireworks, it is ideal if you can keep them inside and safe. For the nervy dog, I have found there are these little shirts that are designed to hug the body and give the feeling of being cuddled and soothed.
#3. Dont leave pets in hot cars- no matter what is said and how often, people still do it. Even five minutes in a hot car can have detrimental effects on our animals yet the old “ I was only going to be a minute” is still brought out as the excuse. If you are out and you simply have to shop, take your pet home first. Is it really worth risking your pet’s health or life to save a few minutes?
Another thing to be mindful of is dogs in Utes or back of trucks - the floor of those utes/trucks is almost always metal so imagine how you would feel being stuck in the back of a ute on a hot sunny day with shorts and bare feet.. ouch!
#4. Dogs love a walk - well most dogs do. On some occasions mum’s corgi decided no walk today and would ignore her calls but for the most part enjoyed a stroll around the neighbourhood. If you are planning to walk your dog in summer, which of course you will be, please try and do it first thing in the morning or later at night when the sun goes down to avoid having the poor thing’s paws burned to a crisp on the hot bitumen.
#5 Pets and Boats- taking your dog out on the water can be great fun for all but as with we humans, its best to be safe than sorry. Get your best friend decked out in a life jacket and all will come home safely. These can be purchased in the shop so take a look!
So there you are- some tips and ideas to help your animals survive the summer season and live to enjoy another day.