While we're all busy going on our summer escapades, we might be forgetting to look after our pint-sized yet equally loveable housemates: our pets.
Just as we hydrate regularly and use sunblock to keep our skin healthy this season, our cats and dogs also need protection from the scorching heat.
The Pet Food Institute, which represents the companies that make up 98% of the United States’s pet food industry, shared some tips on how to keep our furry friends healthy this summer.
First and foremost, it's very important to manage their water supply. Cats and dogs don’t have sweat glands to help them cool down like we humans do.
Intense humidity can lead to heat stroke, which is usually indicated by heavy panting, difficulty in breathing, redness of tongue and mouth, and stumbling or staggering.
In the event of a stroke, PFI recommends cooling down your pet by spraying it with a garden hose, immersing it in cool (not icy) water or similar means.
In relation to this, it is crucial that our pets’ bowls are kept clean with fresh and adequate levels of water from time to time.
As some would like to bring along their pets to outdoor activities, we must be careful not to overexert them lest they suffer from heat stroke or experience stress.
We should also beware of fleas, ticks, and other parasites which they become more susceptible to when exposed to unsanitary environs.
Lastly, it's best to provide them with nutritionally balanced pet foods to keep them healthy and active.
While we enjoy this summer, don’t forget to take care of your pets and keep them happy!