Summer with dogs and cats: how to take good care of them.
Higher temperatures, the arrival of insects and parasites, cold air conditioning and hot asphalt are just few of the problems that often make us consider taking better care of our 4-legged friends.
Common sense advise
- There are things we can do or don’t have to do to prevent our friend from ending up in an unpleasent situation:
Avoid walks in the hottest hours. The best times to enjoy outdoor activities with our pets are mornings and evenings.
- If your dog likes it, you refresh him by playing with jets of water or by gently bathing his muzzle, back and other parts most exposed to the sun (this probably won’t make your kittens happy!).
- If dogs and cats go out into the garden we check if they always have a place in the shade where they can take refuge in case of excessive heat.
- Never leave them in the car, theres is a risk of them having a heat stroke.
- Setting air conditioning at a temperature too low is not good for us, nor for them.
The power supply
In this season the availability of water is very important: fresh and clean water must always be at “paw’s reach”. Those who manage commercial activities in walking areas or those who live near feline colonies, would make a nice gesture leaving bowls of water available to passing animals.
Feeding dogs and cats can be very delicate subject. The food must be of high quality, nutritious and digestible. Even better if it is wet food because it brings liquids to our friend. For this reason, in the summer it is even more important to alternate between dry and wet foods.
Wet foods favour appetite and hydration, therefore they are useful both to provide “a little more water” and in case of lack of appetite due to excessive heat, because they are more fragrant and tasty.
Attention is also paid to the fact that holiday trips, dietary changes and cold water can cause intestinal problems for our dogs and cats. It is therefore recommended to deal with any change in their habits paying the utmost attention by acting gupon them gradually.
In summer we must be especially careful of the insects and parasites that wake up in this season and the illnesses caused by excessive heat. In particular:
- Gastro-intestinal parasites, which occur mainly in puppies.
- Insect bites and parrots that can lead to disease. In this case, prevention is better than cure, so we recommend a pesticide therapy to be consulted with your vet.
- Dangerous plants. In summer you should pay particular attention to the forks, which look like a “spikelet” . They are very dangerous because it can get in the way of the most delicate parts of dogs and cats, such as nose, ears and legs.
- Environmental allergies: our friends are not immune to allergies and the symptoms may intensify in summer. In this case, the advice is to go to your vet as soon as possible.
- Heat stroke: this is the reaction that develops when the dog or cat is in an environment that is too hot and closed. At first, the animal appears uncomfortable, anxious and restless, before moving on to abundant production of saliva. In both cases it is advisable to refresh the animal, to lower the body temperature and go immediately to the vet.
But if your 4-legged friend seems lazier than usual, don’t worry, it’s the same thing that happens to us when we’re hot!