Many pets love summer as much as people do, but do not forget that the Texas heat can be harmful to them, too!
Keep these tips in mind to ensure that your pets are enjoying the dog days of summer as safely as possible.
• Hydration is crucial for all creatures during summer months. Your fur baby should have access to fresh water at all times. Be sure to empty the container and replenish the supply at least once a day to avoid harmful bacteria growth. If traveling with your pet, bring a water bottle and collapsible water bowl just for them.
• Talk to your groomer about an appropriate summer cut for your cat or dog. Some will benefit from
a shave, while double coated dogs will actually stay cooler with longer hair. Either way, regular brushing at home will help keep some of that summer shedding off your floors and couch. It also prevents fur mats that trap heat close to the skin.
• Remember that paws are sensitive to heat just like our feet. Try to walk your pet in the morning or evening as concrete gets hot in the heat of the afternoon.
• Sprinkler play and kiddie pools can be fun for a hot pooch at any time of the day.
• Homemade “pup-cicles” are easy to make. Use dog-friendly ingredients like sweet potatoes, bananas, berries, yogurt, low sodium broth, or peanut butter.
• While traditionally used for outdoor rabbits, frozen water bottles might also be enjoyable for dogs or cats to nap against. Freeze a bottle of water overnight and set it in a favorite napping spot.
• If your pet spends a lot of time outside, adapt their schedule so that they are inside during the hottest part of the afternoon.