Your pets should be able to enjoy summer just as much as you do, and the same way we have to hydrate and keep cool ourselves, our fur babies need their own special care, too. Paws Up Pet Sitting knows the best ways to look after your pets and keep them safe during the hot summer Medford months. Here are some of our favorite tips:
Hot Weather Kills
We all know how it feels when the sun is beating down. We are dehydrated and feeling a little queasy from too much sun, so it’s not hard to imagine how our pets feel in the same heat. From our experience as dog walkers, we know that it’s so important to carry plenty of water and find frequent shady areas for your pets to lounge in and cool down.
Be Wary of the Signs
When pets - dogs in particular - get overheated, they will exhibit a few key symptoms that indicate that you need to help them cool down urgently. Most common is excessive drooling and panting, along with dry, red gums. Our dog sitting expertise means that your pets will always be safe with us, we know the signs and use preventative measures, so it doesn’t get to that point.
Watch Those Paws
It can be really scary for a pup walking on red-hot tarmac, so It’s important to make sure their paws are protected. If you can’t touch the inside of your wrist to the ground without it hurting, it’s too hot for your pet. We walk our dogs early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid the ground being too hot.
Pets Can Get Sunburn Too
Some pets can get sunburn when out in the sun for too long, particularly those with lighter- colored fur. If you know your pet is going to be outside for an extended period of time, make sure you stock up on some pet-appropriate sunscreen to protect them. We know we always have a stockpile!
Summer time can be the most fun and carefree time of the year, but the extra care that pet owners need to take shouldn’t hold you back from enjoying the hottest season. At Paws Up Pet Sitting, we’re experienced in looking after your fur babies as if they were our own, and we know just what to do to keep them cool and happy in the sun.