Summer may be a few months off, but it’s already getting pretty warm out. Heat can be difficult for our furry friends. Pets can’t sweat to cool themselves off the way we can, so they can get into big trouble very quickly if they overheat. In this article from Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cy-Fair, TX a veterinarian offers some tips on preparing your pet for those scorching summer days.

Yard Check

Do you have a yard for Fido to chase squirrels in? If so, why not get him a doghouse? Your canine pal would likely also enjoy a kiddie pool or sprinkler. This is also a good time to check for and remove dangerous plants, such as foxtails and Sago palms.

Frozen Treats

Many of our furry pals love frozen treats. You can make some for your pet just by putting cooked, boneless meat, fish, or chicken in an ice cube tray, and pouring water or sodium-free broth over it. 

Grooming

Many of our canine companions are more comfortable with a cute summer ‘do in hot weather. If you usually clip your dog’s fur in summer, you may want to make Fido an appointment with his groomer sooner rather than later. As for Fluffy, brushing her regularly will help get dead fur out of her coat. This will help her stay cool.

Water Stations

You may want to set out extra water stations. Be sure to clean the bowls and refresh the water at least once a day. Your four-legged friend may also enjoy having a pet fountain to drink from. Dogs and cats often prefer running water. This is likely because in the wild, standing water is more likely to be unsafe and/or fouled than running water. You can also drop ice cubes into their water.

Doggie On The Go

Do you like to take your canine pal on adventures? Make a bag for Fido, and keep it in your car. Add collapsible dishes, a bandana, a cooling vest, treats, waste baggies, and a tie-out line. You may also want to get a portable cooler, which you can fill with water. Plastic gallons of water are okay too, but after time the plastic may leach into the water.

Please contact Fairfield Animal Hospital, your Cy-Fair, TX for more information on keeping your pet safe from the heat. We’re happy to help!