It’s getting hot out there, and for your fur babies, it can be especially uncomfortable. Keeping your pet healthy during hot weather may require a few extra steps.
Whether you are dealing with extreme cold or extreme heat (or anything in between), a best practice to keep your pet healthy is always to make sure you are serving a healthy diet. If your pet already has health issues, hot weather can be especially difficult. Many commercial pet foods (because of poor quality or over-processing) may be missing antioxidants and herbs, which can reduce levels of toxicity, enabling the body to restore normal system functions. Bailey’s Blend can provide additional health benefits that your pet’s normal diet is lacking. And it can be added to your pet’s food or to water.
Both cats and dogs may eat less during hot weather. This is normal, but if you notice that your pet has little interest in food, then it is probably worth a check in with your vet.
Adequate exercise is also a key component of pet health. However, this is one of the main areas that may require extra care when it is hot outside.
1. If you and your dog walk on hot pavement, maybe a sidewalk or your street, keep in mind that the concrete can be extremely hot and therefore painful on the paws. As much as possible, plan your walks for the cooler parts of the day – early morning or late evening. Or head for a shady park or nature trail.
2. Make sure you bring along plenty of water for both you and your pet. Don’t assume that there will be water available in a public area. And if you provide the water, then you won’t have to worry about bacteria and other contaminants that might be present in puddles, ponds or fountains.
3. Consider distance. You might take a few shorter walks rather than your regular long walks. Keep in mind that just like humans, both dogs and cats can suffer from heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
We know that keeping your pet healthy is one of your main goals all year long. As it heats up outside, you will want to be extra careful.