We love our pets here at Metro-Flow Plumbing and understand that the Texas summer heat can be brutal for our furry friends. Dogs and cats can get seriously injured even when they’re wandering around our backyards. It is important to keep them in mind on especially hot days.
Today we are going to go over a few things we can do to help them out when it gets relatively hot, such as signs we can look out for and how to be a little more proactive with their care during the summer months.
Give Them Some Shade.
This one is a no brainer, when letting them go free in your backyard make sure they have an area available to them that offers plenty of shade, so they have somewhere to retreat to when the heat gets to be too much. The shade will help lower their body heat.
Hydration. Hydration. Hydration.
Make sure to provide plenty of cool water for our four legged friends by keeping it in the above mentioned shade. Dogs and cats, like us, need plenty of fluids to survive and be healthy. On especially hot days, keep the water coming and they’ll appreciate you for it.
Keep an eye out for excessive panting and thick drooling.
These are clear signs that your pet could be very close to a heat stroke. Other signs include vomiting and diarrhea. It is also good to keep in mind for owners of pets with flat faces such as pugs, these animals cannot pant as effectively as other dogs and should be kept in well ventilated and cool areas as much as possible. Same goes with cats that have this facial feature.
Never shave THEIR coat.
A trim during the summer months is recommended, but no one should ever shave their pet thinking it’ll help it with the heat. Coats help dogs and cats regulate body temperature, without them they are even more exposed to the harsher effects of the sun such as sunburns. If you opt to shave them, please use pet-friendly sunscreen. Contact your veterinarian for more information.
Keep Their Paws Off Hot Asphalt.
We love walking our pets, but be vigilant of the hot asphalt on some roads as well as the time you choose to walk them. If exposed to it for a considerate amount of time their paws will get burns and seriously injure the animal.
Don't Leave Your Pet Behind
Never, ever leave your pets unattended in a parked vehicle. Even with the windows cracked open the heat inside the car can reach dangerous temperatures.
Never leave a pet unattended around a pool.
Dogs (and yes cats) can swim, but some can’t do it very well. A pet that isn’t familiar with a family pool's exit can get disoriented, panic, and even drown. We want to treat them like we would any other small member of the family and give them the proper attention they deserve.
Visit the Veterinarian.
Finally, keep your dogs and cats protected from pests and parasites such as ticks, fleas, heart worms, and mosquitos. A vet visit before the summer heat kicks in to make sure everything is a-okay with our furry companions might save them from certain complications later on. Make sure your pet is up to date with their shots and treatments. This is beneficial for you as well, as a parasite left untreated in an animal can sometimes make its way to you.
We hope these tips and recommendations help you get your pet summer ready. Remember that we here at Metro-Flow Plumbing are happy to help you keep your homes cool and ready for the hot months ahead. Call us for an inspection or to install your new appliances. Having issues with your sinks, refrigerator, garbage disposal? We’re the team to call. Make sure to ask about the revolutionary Cured-In-Place Pipe System if you need any underground pipes replaced in your yard with minimal digging involved and at a fraction of the time and cost. We’ll come out to inspect that as well.
We are happy to help our Dallas community in any way we can! From our family to yours, have a great fun summer and see you next time right here for more plumbing and helpful tips!
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