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How to Keep Your Pet Healthy This Summer

Pets enjoy being outside just as much as their human owners. However, they are covered in thick fur that can trap the heat and increase their body temperature to incredibly dangerous levels. Because of this, you must take precautionary measures throughout the summertime to ensure that your pets are comfortable and cool. Here are three things you should do.

1. Take Walks Early in the Morning or Late in the Evening

Going for a walk with your dog is not only beneficial for your dog but it is great for you as well. You and your pet can have some quality time together while also getting some much-needed exercise. By taking your walks before the sun rises or after the sun sets, you will avoid exposing you and your pet to the sun when it is at its highest in the sky. As the temperatures drop, the ground will not be nearly as hot, which means that there will be less of a risk of your pet burning their paws on scorching grass or pavement.

2. Properly Hydrate Your Pets 

When animals get hot, they pant. This process releases hot air and allows cold air to enter their mouths, which will allow the moisture that is on their tongues to evaporate at a much faster rate, bringing their body temperature down. To ensure that you can replace the fluids that your pet loses and keep them hydrated, it is imperative to have water bottles with you when you go on walks. In addition, you should fill up water bowls with ice when your pets are outside. If your animals eat dry food, you should consider switching to wet food during the summer, since it has a higher water content. 

3. Brush Their Coat to Eliminate Excess Fur

As a pet owner, you need to ensure that you are regularly grooming your pets, particularly throughout the summertime. You need to brush your animal's coat to remove any dead and loose hair, which will also help keep your pet cool. When your pet comes inside from playing outdoors or taking a walk, comb their coat and inspect their skin for any bites, fleas, or ticks. If you can detect any irritations or issues early, you can schedule an appointment with a veterinarian and ensure your pet remains healthy.

If you are worried about your pet's health during the summer or any other time of year, take them to an animal hospital such as Apple Valley Animal Hospital.