With extreme summers in this region, you need to make sure that the four-legged and the winged members of the family are also taken care of. Check out our quick tips on how to make sure your furry and feathered friends get some extra care and protection when the temperatures soar:
Summer Care for Dogs
- Though your dog may enjoy his daily walks, the hot a sidewalks during summers can be brutal for the pads of his paws. Limit walk times to early mornings and later in the evenings.
- To prevent dehydration an
- d heat stress carry your dog’s water bowl when going on walks. Short-nosed dog breeds, such as Pekingese and bulldogs, or dogs with a thick coat are more prone to heat stress.
- For senior dogs, dogs with respiratory problems or dogs that are overweight, make sure to keep them as much as possible in air-conditioned rooms. An air cooler such as the Dyson Pure Cool is great for homes with pets – it cools and purifies the air.
- Look out for symptoms of heat stroke in dogs, such as heavy panting, dry or bright red gums, thick drool, vomiting, diarrhoea, or wobbly legs. In case your pet seems to show these, immediately move them to a cool place, place a damp towel over them and rewet the cloth frequently.
- Not all dogs can swim. If you’re planning on taking your dog out to the pool, make sure he is comfortable in the water. There are pool floats available for dogs. After pool time, make sure to wash off to get rid of chlorine.
Summer Care for Cats
- For long-haired felines, shaving your cat for the summer may seem like a logical thing to do, however your cat’s fur coat helps protect it from overheating and sunburn. Trimming is a good option, also you can brush you cat more often to remove loose fur and prevent overheating. Brushing can also help prevent matting for long-haired cats.
- Does your cat love car rides? Leaving your pet in your car (even for a few minutes with the window down slightly) is a big no-no as the heat can bring about heat exertion and respiratory distress. On a hot summer day, it’s better to leave Fluffy at home to chill on the couch than have her ride with you.
- An easy and natural first aid in case of burns during summer is to use Aloe Vera gel. At ACE UAE you can buy an Aloe Vera plant. These are easy to grow and maintain. To harvest the gel-like sap, cut a leaf from the base and slice lengthwise. Scoop out the translucent gel-like sap with a spoon. This anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory gel can be applied twice daily to soothe the irritated area.
- You can fill a hot-water bottle with cold water and use it for a cat to lie down on. Make sure the water bowl is replenished at all times.
Summer Care for Birds
- Unlike us, birds do not have sweat glands so they cool off by water evaporation. If you have an outdoor aviary then make sure your bird cage is shifted to a cooler part of your home, away from direct sunlight.
- If your bird cage is indoors then you can keep your ceiling fan on to ensure there is circulation of air. Or a misting fan is also a great option to keep your pet birds cool.
- While your pet birds are well taken care of, you can also extend the same consideration towards the feathered visitors who flock to your garden. This Enigma Bird Bath at ACE not only adds to your garden décor but also serves as a cool respite for birds outside, so does this bird nesting house by Kingfisher.
- Replenish the water in the birdcage and replace it daily, as the standing water may breed bacteria that may make your bird ill.
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