Here are 4 things you will have to start considering as the temperature starts to rise to help your dog or cat survive the UAE heat.
- Coat maintenance – Depending on the thickness of your dog or cat’s coat, a fresh grooming session to de-shed can help keep your pet cooler. If your dog or cat does not have a thick coat, there is no need for you to care for the coat any more than usual. Never shave off a dog or cat’s fur. Their coat also helps the animal regulate its body temperature, and exposed skin can result in sunburn!
- Keeping them hydrated – When the weather is getting warmer, it is important to make sure your pet drinks enough water. Make sure your pet has access to sufficient water that is not too cold. Preferably in several places in and around the house or take a bottle with you when you are out and about.
- Outdoor Activities – As the mercury is rising, you need to modify their activities slightly. Morning walks will now have to be before midday unless you are walking in a shaded area. Don’t forget to take a collapsible water bowl or bottle with you and make sure to look at your dog for signs that they have had enough. Also, don’t forget to check the pavement.
- Watch for overheating – When temperatures are rising outside (and indoors), it is good to know how to recognize signs that your pet is overheating and what to do about it. Some symptoms of overheating are: Very warm body, Rapid breathing, Dark red gums, Restlessness, No appetite, Lethargy & Vomiting.
Enjoy the whether before it gets too hot!