Doggie and kitty like to play outside, but they get hot in summer time just like you and me. Help your favorite pet stay healthy by reading the steps below.
Out of the Sun Doggie and kitty do not sweat like humans. Doggie and kitty cool off by panting and sweating through their paws. Doggie and kitty need a cool place out of the sun and plenty of fresh water to drink when outside. If you tie the pet up, leave your pet in a place with plenty of shade. Have a large bowl of water in easy reach for your furry friend to drink.
Riding in the Car Doggie and Kitty can go riding in the car, but take water along when going for a ride. Never leave animals in parked cars. Parked cars get very hot and doggie or kitty will get sick if left in the car.
Playing Outside You can throw that frisbie; toss the ball or play tug of war with your pet to have fun. If you play outside or walk your pet, play early morning before 9 o’clock or in the afternoon after 3 o’clock. These times of day prevent your pet from getting too hot and avoids sidewalks that burn your pet’s paws. Bring your pet in to a cool house in the middle of a day.
Groom your pet Since in summer time the weather is warm, you help your pet by brush or combing the hair every day. This helps your pet be cooler by removing the extra hair. Check for fleas and ticks when you brush the hair. If your pet has fleas or ticks, have your parents get the pet treated. Otherwise, your animal will scratch and get sores on the skin under the hair.
More reading material exists at the following web sites:
Penn Veterinary Medicine: Hot Weather Tips for Pets http://www.vet.upenn.edu/PennVet/News/NewsReleases/tabid/287/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/127/Hot-Weather-Tips-for-Pets.aspx
ASPCA: Hot Weather Tips http://www.aspca.org/pet-care/pet-care-tips/hot-weather-tips.html
The Human Society of the United States: Summer Care Tips for You and Your Pet http://www.hsus.org/pets/pet_care/summer_care_tips_for_you_and_your_pets/