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Pets and hot weather

Updated: Jun 6, 2021

Summer is a great time in Denmark to get out and enjoy the weather. It's even better for your pets to experience nature at it's best, but a word of caution - watch the sun!

Tarek from The Pet-Agrees shares some helpful tips and hints to protect your furbabies.

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Text: Tarek Abu Sham

When the weather gets warm, we typically want to spend more time outside, and it's a great time to have some fun with your furry family members. Unfortunately, the heat can be a danger for them, leading to health issues such as heat stroke.

Keeping your pet cool during warmer weather During warm months, you'll need to keep your pet cool. Make sure that the temperature doesn't get too hot in your house, and make sure that your pet has shaded areas to go to if they're spending any time outside. Even better, don't leave them out in the hot weather: short outside breaks are best when it's cooler, such as in early mornings or late evenings.

Your pet should always have access to clean, fresh water, but that's especially important during summer months. Without access to cold water, your pet is at a higher risk of developing health complications such as heat stroke.

While you should never leave your pet in the car, this is especially true when it's hot outside. It's very easy for temperatures to soar in your car and cause your pet to overheat. Simply cracking a window is often insufficient, so leave your pet at home or visit a pet-friendly store that you can bring your dog into.

Veterinary visits are recommended at least once per year, and getting in a visit in the spring or early summer will allow you to consult with your vet on flea and heartworm prevention options. Your veterinarian can also work with you on determining your pet's ideal weight, as overweight pets are more likely to suffer from heatstroke.

"If you suspect heat stroke, transport your dog or cat immediately to your veterinarian's office."

Possible health conditions when it's hot outside

When your pet is having fun outside and running around with you, it's easy for them to get overheated. After all, they don't sweat like you do. Heat stroke is characterized by elevated body temperature, and it can lead to weakness, collapse, seizures, and even death. Prevention is the key. If you suspect heat stroke, transport your dog or cat immediately to your veterinarian's office. In the meantime, you can place wet towels on their body, ice packs around areas such as between their legs, and even spritz a little rubbing alcohol on their paw pads to help heat evaporate.

Hot spots are another risk of heat exposure, and dogs are more at risk for developing them, especially when they have long hair. While most dogs don't benefit from having their fur shaved, you must brush their coat regularly to help prevent matting, which can trap moisture and lead to hot spots. Likewise, prevent external parasites, such as fleas, which can irritate their skin and lead to skin infections. Topical hot spot medications can be applied to your dog's skin, but a consultation with a veterinarian for antibiotics and anti-itch medication may also be necessary.

When the weather is hot, the ground heats up, and that can make your pet extremely uncomfortable. Hot concrete can even burn their paws, so take care not to spend much time outside in the heat of the day. If you do need to walk your pet on sidewalks or roads to allow them to get their daily exercise in, consider booties for their paws to help protect them from damage.

Take care when the weather gets warm and protect you and your pet from the hazards of getting overheated.

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