Summer is already here. I’ve read on the news that Metro Manila reached 36.5 degree Celsius while Cabanatuan experienced the highest recorded heat index of 52.3 degree Celsius. Sadly, this is due to Summer plus the effect of El Niño here in the Philippines.
Everyone has felt the changes of the weather. I noticed my pets panting a lot which makes me worried specially for my female cat who is now pregnant. This is a sign that they feel hot and maybe, uncomfortable. So how do we make sure that our pets are safe during summer?
1. Maintain their fur. Giving them a haircut or shaving off their hair is not necessary. Their coat actually protects them from heat but make sure you brush them and remove excess fur everyday to help with the circulation. As for us, we decided to give Percy(male cat) a haircut because he loves staying on wet places like the bathroom which caused him to have lots of matted fur.
You may also purchase a Furminator which is famous for effectively removing excess hair from your pet’s fur. Cats are great at grooming themselves but we also take our cats for a bath once in a while.
“Matting can cut off blood supply to extremities, and deny regular air circulation. Skin denied fresh air and stimulation from regular brushing becomes quite unhealthy. It can turn dark pink to red, and open sores are apt to form emitting foul odors. Even organic matter, like weeds and stickers, can become embedded in the skin. Matts have been known to contain stool of the pet and even fly larvae that further irritate the skin. Remember, sometimes these mats and their consequences can be completely hidden from view.”
2. Keep them hydrated. Make sure they have enough clean water everyday. Obviously, like us, water will make them stay hydrated. Make sure they never run out of it. This is very important. If you are feeding them with dry commercial pet food, make sure to give them wet pet food as well so they will have enough liquid intake and also, to prevent Urinary Tract Infections.
You may also consider purchasing Oster Fresh Sips Less Stress Cat Fountain (P1,995) which can be helpful in keeping your cats and also dogs hydrated this Summer. You may purchase this from Pet Warehouse. As per their website, this encourages pets to drink more water and also has charcoal filter that reduces impurities in the water, and particle filter that helps capture hair, food, dirt and other debris. We usually purchase from Pet Warehouse because it’s very convenient for us. They’ve also got free delivery for orders above P995. If you reside in the Metro Manila, they are the best online pet shop out there! Just visit their website or their Facebook page.
3. Place them on a cool or shady place. Look for a place in your house or simply place them where there is adequate air circulation. I’ve noticed my cats become behaved and relaxed when they are on an a well-ventilated room. You may also try purchasing cooling pads, but make sure they are clean and do not contain harmful substances which can be toxic to them. These pads absorb heat from your pet’s body and keeps them cool.
4. Look for signs of heat stroke. Check to see if their panting is not normal anymore, if they are drooling, have increased body temperature, rapid heart beat, vomiting and many more. If you see any of these signs, please bring them immediately to the vet.
“This condition (heat stroke) can lead to multiple organ dysfunction. Temperatures are suggestive of non-fever hyperthermia. Another type, malignant hyperthermia, is an uncommon familial non-fever hyperthermia that can occur secondary to some anesthetic agents.”
With these steps, we can ensure our pet’s safety even if the sun is unforgivably hot. Also, don’t forget that we should take care of ourselves as well! How can we take care of our pets if we won’t take care of ourselves? Do not forget to drink lots of water, don’t stay under the sun for too long and don’t forget to use sunblock. Beware of heat stroke as well!
How about you? How do you take care of your pets in this scorching heat? Let me know of other ways on how we can make sure our pets are safe this Summer!
Sources: (http://www.dogdayafternoonspa.com/groomingservices/aboutmatting.html) (http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/cardiovascular/c_dg_heat_stroke) (https://www.vetinfo.com/how-a-dog-cooling-pad-works.html)