Keeping your pet healthy under the hot weather

Keeping your pet healthy under the hot weather

Apr 05, 2024Alex Ho

As the heat in Singapore intensifies, it's crucial to pay special attention to the well-being of our furry friends. Just like us, pets can be susceptible to heat-related issues, such as dehydration, heatstroke, and burnt paws. In this edition of our newsletter, we bring you some essential tips and reminders to ensure your pets stay healthy and safe during the hot weather.

Hydration is Key : 
Ensure your pets always have access to fresh and cool water. Monitor the water dish to ensure it's always filled, and consider placing multiple water sources around your home or yard. On hot days, you can even add some ice cubes to their water bowl to help keep it cool.

Provide Shade and Cool Areas :
Create shaded spots around your home where your pets can retreat from the sun. Remember, dogs and cats can also get sunburned, so consider applying pet-safe sunscreen to exposed areas, especially if they have light-coloured or thin fur.

Never Leave Pets in Hot Vehicles :
Never leave your pets unattended in a parked car, even for a few minutes. Temperatures inside a car can soar rapidly, even with the windows cracked, leading to heatstroke or worse. If you must travel with your pet, ensure the vehicle is well-ventilated, and make frequent stops to allow them to drink water and cool down.

Time Your Walks :
When it's scorching outside, avoid walking your pets.. Pavement and asphalt can become dangerously hot and burn their paw pads. Opt for early morning or late evening walks when the temperature is cooler. Before heading out, test the pavement with the back of your hand; if it's too hot for you, it's too hot for your pet.

Monitor for Signs of Heatstroke :
Heatstroke is a severe condition that can be life-threatening for pets. Watch out for symptoms such as excessive panting, drooling, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, vomiting, diarrhoea, weakness, and collapse. If you suspect your pet has heatstroke, move them to a cool area immediately, offer water to drink, and wet their body with cool (not cold) water. Then, seek veterinary assistance promptly.
Consider Cooling Aids :
There are several products available that can help keep your pets cool during hot weather. Some options include cooling mats or beds, cooling vests. These aids can provide extra comfort and help regulate their body temperature.

By following these guidelines and staying vigilant, you could ensure your pets stay healthy, happy, and safe during the hot months.

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