Summer SAFETY TIPS for dogs and cats!

Summer is fun time but not always for our precious pets. Hot weather and soaring temperatures can be challenging and if not monitored carefully, can pose dangers for dogs and cats.

Here at Feelgood Pets, we can help you to keep your pet safe and cool this summer. Read our pet article below, containing some great summer tips for dogs and cats!

1. Never leave your pets in a parked car

This is an absolute NO! NO! On a hot day, the temperatures inside a car can reach dangerous levels and your pet could suffer heatstroke and die within fifteen minutes. For this reason, never leave your pet in a car alone even if the window is open, or the air conditioner or car is running. 
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2. Don’t exercise your dog on hot days

Be careful when exercising your pet on very hot days. Check the temperature and rather exercise your pet when it is cooler.

Walk your pooch early in the morning or in the evenings as it is usually very hot between 1pm and 4pm. Tarred roads and pavements can become unbearably hot and burn your dog’s paws, so rather walk them on the grass.

Certain dog breeds, especially those with short snouts such as bulldogs may struggle in the heat because they can’t pant - take extra care with these breeds. 

Make sure that you always carry water with you to keep your dog hydrated.
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3. Protect delicate skin!

White-skinned pets are more susceptible to skin cancer especially, around the eyes and on the tips of cat’s ears and on dog’s bellies.

Use a sunscreen and be vigilant about applying it on your pet. Keep white-skinned pets indoors in hot weather and don’t allow them to sunbathe in sunny spots.

Cats love to bask and take their naps in the windowsill. Pet parents should therefore be strict about practicing sun safety measures!

If your pet has skin cancer, try Feelgood Pets PetAlive C Caps a supportive natural remedy for dogs and cats, which helps in the prevention and treatment of cancer.
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4. Keep your pet’s coat long

As tempting as it may be to want to cut your pet’s long coat in summer – DON’T! Long hair helps to regulate the temperature and provides better circulation. Be sure to brush and groom your pooch or kitty’s hair which will prevent it from becoming matted.

Use natural remedies to keep your pet’s skin and coat healthy. Skin & Coat Tonic is a herbal remedy that contains selected ingredients which act as a nourishing tonic for your pet’s skin. It helps to treat common skin problems and maintain a healthy, glossy skin and coat.

Pets with allergies often suffer terribly with itching and scratching in summer and our AllergiClear Pets and Allergy Itch Ease will help to relieve discomfort.  
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5. Provide plenty of shade and water

If your pet spends lots of time outside, make sure that he is protected from the heat. Check that there is a shady spot with trees or a verandah area where your pet can find relief from the hot sun.

Don’t think that a kennel provides shade because it actually feels like a furnace in one! Keep water bowls filled with fresh, clean water – add ice so that pets can enjoy a refreshing drink.
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6. Keep pets cool indoors

Indoor pets can become very hot indoors too and overheat! If you are feeling hot at home in summer, then you can be sure that your dog or cat is feeling the same.

Invest in an aircon or a cooling fan and turn it up to keep you and your pet cool.
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7. Treat fleas, ticks and parasites

Fleas, ticks and other parasites are in abundance during warmer weather. Treat your dog and cat for fleas and ticks with a vet recommended flea repellent.

Many pets develop flea bite dermatitis and are very uncomfortable in summer. Use Silverlab Colloidal Silver Cream, a natural topical cream to soothe and relieve irritated and inflamed skin.

Don’t forget to treat worms and Worm Dr. is a gentle and safe alternative for pets.
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8. Be water-safe

It is important that all pets learn how to swim, especially dogs. We know that cats don’t like water, so it’s not likely that they will go near it. However, if you have a pool or go to the beach often with your dog, you should make sure that he knows how to swim in case he falls into the water and needs to get out.

If you have a pool at home, use a pool cover when the pool is not in use – this makes things much safer for pets. Even dogs who can swim may struggle to get out of a pool if there is no-one around, so be vigilant!
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9. Watch out for heat exhaustion

Rising temperatures can cause heat stroke. If your pet starts panting heavily, has difficulty breathing, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, excessive salivation,  lack of co-ordination, dizziness, fever or is lethargic, then he may be experiencing heatstroke.

Move your pet into a cool, shaded area and apply damp towels to his head, neck and chest. Let him drink small amounts of water and then take him to vet immediately.

Some animals are particularly at risk of heatstroke and these include very young, old or overweight animals or those with heart or respiratory conditions.
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10. Don’t forget about thunderstorms and fireworks!

During summer, we experience lots of thunderstorms and holiday fireworks around New Years Eve. Many pets are frightened and scared by these noises and become extremely anxious and stressed.

Keep your pet safely indoors when there is a thunderstorm or fireworks, turn up the TV or radio to distract him and speak in a soothing and calm tone.

Use PetCalm, a 100% homeopathic remedy to soothe and calm stressed, anxious and highly strung pets. This remedy works particularly well for frightening situations such as thunderstorms, fireworks, moving house or visits to the vet. It also helps to relax highly strung pets who become nervous or over excited with lots of festive visitors in the home!
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