The summer months are coming quickly and with warmer weather about to set in all over the state of Texas, we wanted to make sure that pet owners were taking the proper precautions this season to keep their furry friends safe. Here at Hill Country Pet Sitters Plus, we know how the heat can make this time of year miserable and even dangerous for pets.
Luckily, there are some guidelines available online that can help you figure out how to keep your furry friends safe in the months to come. This article published by BusByway discusses things that pet owners in Texas should keep in mind as the weather heats up.
As the article points out, dogs and cats have fewer sweat glands than humans, and the few they do have are concentrated on their footpads and noses. Excessive panting, especially in older dogs, is a sign that they may be getting too hot, and prolonged panting can wear out the heart. This affects bulldogs, pugs and other dogs with pushed-in snouts even more strongly because their nasal passages are smaller and can draw less air.
Pets can be kept outdoors, but shaded areas and plenty of water should be provided. When walking a pet on a hot day, avoid concrete and asphalt whenever possible and stay on the grass. You may also want to limit the time your pet is exercising outdoors after 10 AM and before 7 PM if the heat is particularly excruciating.
Heat stroke is a problem that can affect animals just as much as humans, and if you see any symptoms, you should immediately follow some first aid procedures. Symptoms of heat stroke include heavy panting along with bloody discharges, collapse, dry or red gums and thick saliva. If noticed, immediately shade the pet, cool down with a light mist or damp towels and offer water, but do not force a pet to drink. A veterinarian should be sought if the situation does not improve.
Hill Country Pet Sitters Plus wants to make sure that your pet stays healthy during this hot summer. We hope these warm weather tips help you keep your whole family, even the furry ones, safe this season. Call us if you have any professional pet care needs in the New Braunfels area northeast of San Antonio, TX.