In this part of the world where it is summer all year round, it is important to keep an eye on your pets. With all that fur and the absence of sweat glands to regulate heat, they feel the effects of the sweltering heat immediately. Not being able to regulate heat well means that it will make them sluggish and fall sick very quickly.
Here are some tips to keep your pets cool and safe in this cruel heat!
Avoid walking your pets in the middle of the day
While it may be tempting to bring them out for a walk after lunch and get a dose of vitamin D, you should refrain from doing so because they are at much greater risk of dehydration or heatstroke.
If your pets have at least one or more of the following risk factors, you should be mindful when you take them out for walks:
- Dogs of extreme ages (very young or very old)
- Heat intolerance
- Heavy, double-coated fur dogs
- Underlying heart or lung conditions
- Short-nosed, flat-faced dogs
- Easily dehydrated or dogs that consume very little water
Although dogs have slightly higher body temperature than humans, their body temperature should not exceed 39 degrees Celsius. When their internal body temperature rises above 41 degrees Celsius, it means that they are suffering from heat stroke. A heat stroke can lead to multiple organ failure and subsequently, death.
Provide plenty of shade from the sun and away from direct sunlight
Be it their sleeping area or when you take them out for walks, make sure they have plenty of protection from direct sunlight.
Make sure that the air in the sleeping area is well-regulated with no direct sunlight. If possible, try to install a fan so that they can keep cool and their body temperature low in the afternoons.
When you take them for walks, have frequent rest stops under big trees or patios so that they can take a breather before you continue the walk.
Don’t leave pets in an unattended vehicle – even for 5 minutes
You may not know it but the temperature of the inside of a car can reach up to 77 degrees Celsius on a hot day if the car is parked in direct sunlight.
Children have died in unattended cars before even on a relatively cool day because the temperature inside a parked car can quickly rise to life-threatening levels.
The tolerance level of pets is much lower because of their inability to regulate heat with their skin. So, never ever leave pets in an unattended vehicle, not even for 5 minutes.
Always hydrate your pets
Pets are not humans and they are not able to communicate their needs like kids do.
Make sure you always have lots of clean, fresh water around them. Make sure their water bowls are full before you leave them at home for an extended period of time.
Always carry some water with you when you take them out for a walk so that they can drink up even when you are both on the go.
Brush your pet daily
It probably doesn’t sound like brushing your pet’s fur can help with lowering their body temperature. The truth is that matted fur traps heat. Brushing their fur daily ensures that their four is not matted and allows air to flow through to keep them cool. This is especially important for pets with double-coat or long-haired breeds.
Try to cultivate a habit of combing their hair in the morning before you start your day. Your pet is probably more willing to co-operate with you since they are not cranky because of the heat.
Improve their respiratory health
Boosting their immune system and respirator tract immune health is important. With active ingredients such as cordycepin, cordycepic acid, superoxide dismutase, and polysaccharides, CordyPlus30 has been back by studies for effective beneficial biological effects on animal immune response.
CordyPlus30 also contains Tiger Milk Mushroom extract which is a precious herb that is traditionally used to heal inflammation due to bronchitis, easing their lungs for better health.