Temperatures are rising, and while that means better weather for you and your pet to enjoy outside, it’s important to protect them from the heat and sun. They’re just as susceptible to sunburn, dehydration, and heatstroke as humans. The staff at Animal Health Care Center North in Rhinelander, WI, say it’s imperative to practice proper safety and pet care. If you’re planning a day outside or to leave your pet in the yard, keep the following in mind.
3 Pet Care Tips for the Summer Heat & Sun
1. Use Sunscreen
Sunburn is also an issue for pets, which is why you need to use sunscreen when you spend time outside. This is especially important for breeds with a lot of white hair, white skin, or pink skin, as they’re more susceptible to burning. Also, try to limit time spent sitting on windowsills or in front of sliding glass doors that receive a lot of direct sunlight, as your pet may still be susceptible to burning. A veterinary dermatologist can help you determine which products are best.
2. Consider Grooming
Dogs like collies, huskies, and others with heavy or double-coats are particularly susceptible to overheating. If they spend too much time outdoors, they can get dehydrated quicker, which is why you should consider having a pet care professional groom them. You can reduce unnecessary fur, so they stay cooler. However, they still need some fur to stay warm—even in the summer—so leave the job to a professional who will know how much to cut.
3. Avoid Peak Sunlight Hours
The sun is the most dangerous between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., so limit the outdoor playtime in this window if you can. You’ll reduce the likelihood of sunburn, as well as dehydration. There are plenty of activities to do inside, and once the sun goes down, you can go on a long walk, play fetch in the yard, and enjoy a cool summer evening together.
For more pet care advice, as well as comprehensive veterinary care, turn to the staff at Animal Health Care Center North. They’re committed to ensuring pets live healthy fulfilling lives, and provide a variety of preventative, medical, and surgical treatments to help them maintain it. Call (715) 365-8387 to schedule an appointment with a veterinarian, and visit the website and Facebook page to learn more about their pet hospital.