Keep your dogs in mind this Summer Holiday

Keep your dogs in mind this Summer Holiday

If we feel uncomfortable during the heat, imagine how our pets feel...

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The weather has been anything but settled over the past few weeks. 

Not only does that leave us feeling uneasy and unsettled, but it also impacts our pets. 

With the KZN heatwaves and the rainy days and nights inserting themselves into the weather mix, we can say with certainty that our bodies are also taking a toll. 

This is the reason we wanted to equip you, first-time pet owners, with some tips on how to ensure your pets stay safe during the Summer holidays. 

"Summertime fun also comes with the real possibility of heat exhaustion and heat stroke for your canine and feline pals." (Pet Helpful)

Therefore consider your pets when going out for a run or when leaving them outdoors during the hottest times of the day. 

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"It's important to be aware of both external and internal factors when it comes to keeping your pet safe and comfortable during hot weather. By taking steps to keep your pet cool and hydrated, and by being mindful of any internal factors that could increase their risk of overheating, you can help ensure that your pet stays healthy and happy during the summer months." (Pet Helpful)

Safety tips that could help your pet during the Summer include: 

  • Feed your pets frozen treats to help them cool from the inside.
  • A small water pool also helps pets have relief from the heat. 
  • If you have a light-coloured pooch, cover their less furry parts with sunscreen.
  • Don't disregard your pets paws, walking on the hot ground is no joke, keep them cool.

In case of an emergency, here are some tips on how to cool your pet down immediately. Courtesy of Pet Helpful

  1. Apply ice (ice packs) to the groin area of your pet.
  2. Use rubbing alcohol on your pet's pads.
  3. Hose your pet down with cool water.
  4. Give your dog ice chips and/or small drinks of water.
  5. You can even offer them your water alternative or Pedialyte if you have some on hand.
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