Summer does not only bring warmer weather. It also brings fleas, ticks and dehydration. You can even change your pet's diet at this time of year. Here are some health tips for pets.

Health Tips for Pets In Summer
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Prevent fleas and ticks in your pet

If your pet is not already taking it, you should give your cat or dog a preventive treatment against fleas and ticks. This is a must for all pets all year round, even if they live in the house. It is a misconception that pets only need preventive treatment during the flea and tick season. Ask your vet about the possibilities. Topical and oral preventive treatments are very effective.

During the summer, you should watch out for flea infestation. You can often spot "flea droppings" on your pet's fur. It looks like fine black dirt that turns red in water. The infestation is usually accompanied by hair loss, skin irritation, light-coloured gums and a lot of biting, licking and scratching. Your pet can also get the flea tapeworm!

Some flea and tick pointers :
  • Do not put your cat on a dog and vice versa as a preventive measure, otherwise your pet could get sick.
  • If you discover fleas on your pet, you cannot simply cure it. You must clean your whole house to make sure that the parasites do not hide in your carpet and floorboards.
  • Flea shampoos and dips are great for killing fleas, but they are not enough to prevent future infestation.

Keep your pet hydrated

Although our pets are mammals like us, they do not regulate their body temperature like us. That is why it is so important that they remain hydrated. This is especially true during the hottest months when the animals' bodies need more water.

As a rule, dogs need at least one ounce of water per kilogram of body weight every day. In other words, a 50 pound dog needs to drink 50 ounces of water every day. That is more than 6 cups!

Make sure you always have a bowl of fresh water ready for your pets. Even when you leave the house with them, bring a bowl and a bottle of water. We especially like foldable water bowls, which can be folded up on the way.

Do not leave your pet in a parked car.

Under no circumstances leave your pet in a parked car during the summer. It's just too hot outside. Even if you rush to the store and park in the shade, it's still too hot outside. In fact, on a 70-degree day, parked cars can reach dangerous temperatures within minutes. So we know you like to wear your pet's medal when you go to the drugstore and grocery store, but it's best to leave it at home at this time of year.

You may have to change your pet's diet.

It is not unusual for pets to experience a change in weight during the warmer months. This change is often attributed to a change in calorie intake or exercise. If you find that your pet is gaining a few pounds, it's probably time to reduce calorie intake. First, we recommend that you remove treats from your pet's diet. Then, you can ask your veterinarian to reduce your pet's food portions or even replace them with low-calorie food.

However, you may also find that your pet loses weight in the summer. Finally, many pets are more active when the days are longer and the weather is warmer. In this case, you may want to increase the food portions of your pet's diet a little.


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