Keep an eye on the temperature and adjust your pet’s routine accordingly. As the temperature starts to rise, you may need to take shorter walks during the hottest parts of the day or adjust your exercise routine to keep your pet from overheating.
Test the pavement. Before you head out, touch the pavement or surface with the back of your hand for a few seconds. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your pet’s paws.
Protect your pet’s feet. Consider using protective booties or paw pads to protect your pet’s feet from hot pavement and surfaces.
Watch for signs of discomfort. Keep an eye on your pet for signs of discomfort, such as limping, licking their paws excessively, or refusing to walk. If you notice any of these signs, it’s time to head indoors and give your pet a break from the heat. Remember to always prioritize your pet’s safety and comfort when the weather gets hotter.
Make sure your pet always has access to fresh water. This is particularly important in warmer weather, as pets can become dehydrated quickly. Check your water quality too, as using filtered water is best.
Provide a cool and shaded area for your pet to rest when outside. This can be a covered porch, a doghouse, or even a shady tree.
Keep your pet away from toxic plants. In the spring, many plants begin to bloom, and some of them can be toxic to pets. Research the plants in your yard and remove any that could be dangerous.
Avoid using chemicals in your yard. Many fertilizers, pesticides, and herbicides can be harmful to pets. If you need to use these products, keep your pet away from the treated area until it is safe.
Check for ticks and fleas regularly. These pests are more active in warmer weather, so it’s important to check your pet regularly and use appropriate preventative measures. I recommend non toxic chemical free choices!
Keep your pet away from open windows or doors. As the weather warms up, you may be tempted to leave windows or doors open for ventilation. Make sure your pet is supervised and can’t escape or fall out.
Keep your pet away from standing water. Puddles, ponds, and other standing water can be breeding grounds for bacteria and parasites, which can make your pet sick and even could be fatal.
Watch out for seasonal allergies. Pets can develop allergies just like humans, and springtime is a common time for allergies to flare up. Watch for signs like scratching, sneezing, or watery eyes, and talk to your vet about treatment options.
Keep up your pet’s routine lab work and bodywork to keep them healthy!!