All kinds of people love getting outside during the summer, but for pets, that’s not always ideal. When it comes to caring for your pets in the hot summer months, there are a few tips you should know about.

Understand the Effects of Heat on Your Pets

For pets, scorching summer days can be extremely overwhelming. For humans, it can be the same, but we have the option to get cooler whenever we want. Unfortunately, pets don’t have the same luxury. Dogs, for example, release body heat through their paw pads and through panting. We, as humans, just sweat all over our bodies. Because of this, dehydration can be a major problem for animals.

The ASPCA says animals with flat faces like pugs and Persian cats can’t pant effectively and are more likely to sustain heat stroke. Animals that are older or have illnesses should be cared for a little extra during the summer. Always remember to keep fresh, clean water around your animals at all times and keep them inside on the hottest days of the year.

Keep Them Away from Bugs

Ticks and other summer insects can be extremely harmful to pets. They carry diseases and can latch onto your animal’s body. Fleas, for example, are a major concern for all animals. A flea can live more than 100 days without a blood meal. If you try to get rid of the pests, make sure you’re doing so safely. If you choose to use pesticides and fertilizers, know that your pet might experience side effects from inhaling the chemicals. Talk with your veterinarian about ways to rid your home of pests while keeping your pets safe. This will ensure you won’t have to pay any visits to the emergency veterinarian at the animal hospital this season.

Ask Your Veterinarian if Your Pet Needs Sunscreen

Like humans, some pets need sunscreen to protect their skin from the hot sun rays. Pets with short, fine hair and pink skin tend to be the perfect type of animal for a dosage of sunscreen. Your 24-hour veterinarian will be able to tell you what kinds of sunscreens are best for your pet and will tell you how to apply it. Just avoid using sunscreens that aren’t designed for use on animals.

Keeping your pets safe this summer should be a priority. But if you don’t know what you should do, speak with your veterinarian regarding your options. You don’t need to wait for an emergency to become familiar with our veterinary specialty centers. Get the best care you can find for all of your pet’s health needs. We are more than just an animal hospital. Call 520-888-3177 for more information about a routine check-up or specialty services on site, available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.