Pet-sitting this summer?
Top Tips for Summer Pet-sitting
Don’t leave your pets in a parked car in the heat
Check the pavement – the five second rule
Like humans, dogs need to be kept hydrated to keep cool and happy. But unlike us they sweat through panting to evaporate the heat from their body. Meaning they can easily over heat in the hot sun if not looked after properly. To make sure your pet is kept safe, maybe find a walk with a fresh supply of water and plenty shade. But also keep a bottle of water with you when you walk, so you can easily make sure they are kept hydrated.
Stick to cooler times of the day
A great tip is to make sure you don’t go out in peak sunshine. We recommend you stick to early mornings and evenings, when the sun isn’t so strong. Such as the saying goes “Mad dogs and Englishmen only go out in the midday sun”! Also another tip may be to reduce the amount of exercise they normal have especially if it is a really hot day to help reduce the risk of overheating!
Following these top tips will help keep your pets happy in the heat this summer. However it is still important to be wary and understand the signs of heatstroke in dogs. Symptoms of heat stroke include: heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness.