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KEEPING YOUR PETS SAFE THIS SUMMER

KEEPING YOUR PETS SAFE THIS SUMMER

KEEPING YOUR PETS SAFE THIS SUMMER

The summer season’s heat makes those pet strolls all the more satisfying, however you should know some guidelines for keeping your pets safe this summer. If you are pet sitting, you are minding somebody else’s fur household and no doubt really mindful of their well being. And worryingly the gorgeous summer weather can be hazardous to animals, and the heat can in some cases be fatal. This reminds us that pet sitting is a severe company. To help our readers we have actually complied a couple of leading suggestions for you – Keeping your family pets safe this summer season.

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DON’T LEAVE PETS IN PARKED VEHICLES

The first tip, I make sure most have heard of or understand, is to never ever leave animals in a parked vehicle for a long period of time; especially without a fresh supply of air. Though it is tempting to pop into the regional grocery store for a couple of bits and bobs, just a few minutes parked in the sun can see temperatures in your vehicle soar at really rapid rates.

For animals, and even people, the sun can trigger heat stroke, organ damage and in many cases death. So this summer season, take care and make sure you don’t leave your animals in the car, especially if you are pet sitting somebody else’s animals. The sun and warm weather might take us off our guard, particularly if we find it relaxing, however we should remain mindful of the pets to guarantee their security in the summer season.

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WATCH FOR INDICATORS OF HEATSTROKE

Following all of our top suggestions will assist in keeping your family pets safe this summertime. However, it is still essential to be wary and understand the indications of heatstroke in pets. Symptoms of heat stroke consist of: heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, sleepiness, fever, lightheadedness, lack of coordination, extreme salivation, throwing up, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness.

It is also crucial to be conscious, especially if you are pet sitting this summertime – of the animals that are most at risk of getting heat stroke. These include the very old and young pets especially those that like the sun.
Though if you believe your pet is suffering from heat stroke, the best thing to do is to take them directly to a vet. However also make sure you move them into the shade, use ice packs or cold wet towels to their head, neck and chest. Likewise if you can run cool water over them to help cool them down.

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STAY WITH COOLER TIMES OF THE DAY

A fantastic pointer is to make sure you do not go out in peak sunshine. If you are pet sitting or house sitting overnight or for a longer period you can select the cooler times to walk the pets. We advise you stick to early mornings and nights, when the sun isn’t really so strong. Also another suggestion might be to minimise the amount of exercise they normal have particularly if it is a really hot day to assist minimise the danger of overheating!

take cat for walkAleh Mikalaichyk / Shutterstock

INSPECT THE PAVEMENT

Another pointer is to check the pavement or road you are strolling your pets. Streets, pavements, patios, roads and sand can all easily burn your canine’s footpads. This is a leading animal sitting suggestion particularly if the pets and the new environment is brand-new to you. Here’s ways to carry out the 5 second rule – Place the back of your hand on the roadway or strolling surface for five seconds. If you can not hold it for that long, it’s definitely too hot to stroll your pets there.

dog in puddle of waterRita Kochmarjova / Shutterstock

KEEP FAMILY PETS HYDRATED ON WALKS

Like humans, pet dogs have to be kept hydrated to keep cool and delighted. However unlike us they sweat by panting to evaporate the heat from their body. This suggests they can easily overheat in the hot sun if not looked after appropriately. Leading animal sitting tip is to make sure your family pet is kept safe, either discover a walk with a fresh supply of water and plenty shade or bring that water supply with you. Keep a bottle of water with you when you stroll, so you can quickly ensure they are kept hydrated.

Make sure you make the most of the beautiful sunny weather this summer while pet sitting and keep your pets safe by following our tips!

Featured image for Keeping your Pets Safe this Summer is courtesy of Navistock / Shutterstock.

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