Summer tips for animals

 

Tip 1: Always provide fresh water

Many animals drink more in warm weather. Always provide fresh and cool water (not ice cold water!) and make sure that the animals do not drink too much, because that can cause stomach problems.

Tip 2: Provide shade

Make sure that there is always a shady area for the animals and that there is enough room for all of them. It is also best to provide some shade for your parakeet, bird or parrot that is inside behind glass. For rabbits or small mammals you can place the outdoor hutch in the shade. If this is not possible, you can provide protection with a parasol.

Tip 3: Offer cooling

People give off heat more easily than dogs. Dogs can do this only through their feet pads and their tongue (through panting). Therefore offer your dog cooling in particular to the paws and belly, because dogs cool mainly from the bottom up. A cold towel to lie on will certainly be welcome! Dogs often also start digging holes in the garden in hot weather. Give them an area to do this so that they can cool off naturally. Rabbits and small mammals also find it hard to cope with extreme temperatures.

Tip 4: Keep in mind that your pet may have less appetite

It is possible that your animal has less appetite in extreme temperatures. You could, for example, offer your pet several small portions per day. Perhaps he will have more appetite in the morning and in the evening when it is cooler.

Tip 5: Train your dog or play with it early in the morning or late at night

Since these are the cooler parts of the day, this will be more comfortable for both you and your dog, cat, horse... Vigorous exercise in hot weather is hard on your animal. So be sure to take it easy.

Tip 6: Never leave your dog alone in a parked car

It can become very hot in a car in the summer. Within a short time the temperature in your car can reach over 50°C, even with an outside temperature of 20°C. Therefore, never leave your dog alone in a parked car!

Tip 7: Beware of blue algae and botulism

Just when many people want to cool off in swimming ponds, you should pay extra attention in extreme temperatures. After all, there is an increased risk of blue algae and botulism in standing water. This can also be dangerous for animals!

Tip 8: Apply sunscreen

Some animals may benefit from sunscreen. Think of thin-haired animals, animals with little pigment on the skin or nasolabial plane in, for example, dogs and horses. Therefore, protect them from strong sunlight and rub them with a (thin) layer of sunscreen. Did your pet suffer from sunburn? Then, hydrate the skin with a little udder cream.

Tip 9: Avoid asphalt and concrete

Asphalt and concrete become very hot in the summer. We wear shoes, but many animals walk around without any protection at all. Dogs and cats, but also rabbits or small mammals with cages with a concrete slope, must be protected from this. Test the temperature of the ground surface by holding your hand against it for seven to ten seconds. If it is uncomfortable (or unbearable) for you, then it is the same for your pet.

Tip 10: Heat is not the same for all animals

Be aware of the fact that animals with a dark coat absorb more heat than animals with a light coat. Some animals have sweat glands all over their bodies (such as horses), while other animals can only release heat through their feet pads or by panting (dogs and cats). Animals with overweight will also suffer more from the heat.

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