Your pet will be much more affected by hot summers than you. According to Irish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and American Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, the heat tolerance level of animals is less than human thus hot weather can pose a threat to pets. There are some precautions recommended by various Societies for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals across the world.
Dogs and Cats
Cats as well as dogs need plenty of water throughout the day to beat the heat. It is important to make sure their water bowl is filled all the time. Unlike dogs, cats are conscious about their neatness and necessity. They select cool places, so ensure you provide them with cozy and cool shelters. Even if your dog loves traveling in the car, don’t leave your dog inside, even with the windows open. Temperature inside the car is comparatively more than outside and the humidity inside the car turns into a sauna.
Always take you dog for a walk either in the morning or in the evening, make sure it’s cool outside. Don’t forget to keep an eye for insects. Make sure your cats or dogs are not providing shelter to fleas and ticks. Feel free to trim their hair.
Rabbits and other small furriers
Rabbits are very sensitive to heat. Make sure they are living in a cool place and have access to water and food. The same applies to hamsters, guinea pigs and ferrets. Make sure they are away from toxic chemicals.
Horses, ponies and foals are huge, they may not be able to reach to the bottom of a shallowly filled trough. Check the buckets and troughs regularly, provide them with ample amount of clean water. Ride your horse early in the morning or late in the evening, when the temperature is cool. After riding, loosen girths or belly bands, allow your horse to relax and provide it water. Allow them to take rest in a shaded place.
Birds and fishes
Do not leave bird cages or fish tanks on windowsills, move them into the shade. Regularly change the water in fish tanks, to avoid the growth of algae. Fish ponds should be kept clean from rubbish. Clean the cages of birds on regular basis to avoid infection, provide them with food and clean the spoiled leftover.
Know the symptoms of overheating.
The symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting, difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiration rate, drooling, infection, etc. In case they develop symptoms like seizures, vomiting or diarrhoea, go to the vet immediately.