With summer on the way, many folks are already making preparations for the hot weather. OUr animal companion sneed some extra attention when temperatures rise. Older pets are particularly vulnerable, as they are more sensitive to weather extremes and have a harder time cooling off when they do overheat. A Westminster, MD vet lists some things you can do to keep older animals comfortable in hot weather.
Hydration is really the most crucial thing when it comes to helping your furry pals beat the heat. In summer, it’s a good idea to take a few extra measures, such as setting out extra water stations and/or adding ice cubes to keep them cool. Some animals may need a little extra motivation. Horses and cows, for instance, may appreciate a little apple juice in their water, while Fido may want to chomp on some frozen broth cubes.
You’ll also want to adjust your furry friend’s schedules. For instance, walk your dog or ride your horse in the mornings or evenings, when it’s cooler out.
We’re pretty sure that our patients would unanimously approve of this one! Just stick with things that are safe for your furry friend. Ask your vet for recommendations.
Fans and air conditioners are just as important for pets as they are for us. If you have a bird or a bunny, let them out to play in climate-controlled rooms. Be aware of potential hazards: for instance, fans are extremely dangerous for birds. If you have a stable, make sure you have fans that keep the air moving.
Did you know Dead fur and dander can actually make your pet hotter? These things interfere with fur’s natural insulating qualities. Keeping up with grooming and, when appropriate, clipping, will go a long way. This of course depends on what kind of animals you have: cows may appreciate brush rollers, while Fluffy may just appreciate a bit of help with her daily beauty sessions.
There are also things you can purchase or put up to provide cool spots. Shade awnings can help horses, cattle, and other livestock, while cooling mats and pads can keep Fido and Fluffy cool.
As your Westminster, MD animal clinic, we’re here to help. Please contact us with any questions or concerns about caring for your pet.