A change in season may bring a change in your pet’s behavior as well. As a pet owner, you need to be careful about their diet, grooming and comfort, especially in peak winters & hot summers. From buying a mix of dry dog food for the pooch to creating a comfortable cool bed, here are some quick tips for the upcoming seasonal changes.
Pet comfort in summer –
- Ensure your dog has access to clean, cool water at all times, both indoors and outdoors. Make sure to keep an eye on their hydration levels. Every pet is unique and has different hydration needs, so follow your vet’s recommendation.
- Never leave your dog in the car. Cars can get really hot in summer, and a sudden rise in body temperature can be fatal for your dog. Other animals are equally sensitive.
- Keep a check on outdoor time. Although your dog may love the outside, make sure they can handle it. Dogs can get heatstroke in peak summers. Keep the indoor environment cool. Switch on the air conditioner when temperatures are high.
- Watch out for ticks and fleas. Ticks are increasingly active in summers, and if your dog goes out to play, make sure to check their paws before letting them inside.
- Regularly clean your dog beds. Most pets prefer cool tiled or marble floors in summers, so it’s not uncommon for you to find your dog asleep on the floor instead of their bed.
Pet comfort in winter
- Create a cozy bed. Dogs and cats, in particular, often like to snuggle up in their bed.
Make sure to create a warm nest for them to snuggle into while asleep.
- Reduce outdoor time. Even for dog breeds that have a double or triple coat, it is necessary to keep outdoor time restricted. For animals like dogs and cats, winters can be really harsh. Remember that their ears are always exposed so they can catch a cold easily. Keep them protected since hypothermia can be fatal.
- Get your pet some clothes. Many online stores now have treats, wet dog food, and warm winter clothes for pooches. Check the size chart and find the right outfit for keeping your pet cosy and warm. This is extremely important for those who live in regions prone to tough winters.
- Watch out for heat sources. In the cold winters, your dog may want to get too close to the heater or heating source which might result in accidental burns. Keep an eye out for these movements and make your pet a bed at a safe distance.
- Consider a coat supplement. Dry and flaky skin is common in some pets, especially in the dry winters. Talk to your vet if a coat supplement can be used to keep the skin moisturized.
Start taking small steps to keep your pet happy and safe!