Unleash a Happy Summer: Top Tips for Your Pets' Wellness

August 25, 2023
"Pet Wellness"

Pet wellness is important, especially in the summer. Dr. Juliette Bouillon, Assistant Professor at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, shares essential tips to keep pets healthy this season. 

Summer is synonymous with outdoor activities and our pets are no exception to joining the fun. Just as we take precautions to stay safe and healthy during the summer months, our furry friends require special attention to ensure their well-being. We spoke with Dr. Juliette Bouillon, Assistant Professor of Small Animal Internal Medicine at Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine, to discuss three tips for owners to keep pets happy and healthy this summer.

1. Shielding Against Parasites:

With warmer weather comes an increased risk of unwanted guests: fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. Using routine preventative treatments helps to keep pesky parasites at bay, safeguarding your pet from potential infestations. With increased outdoor exposure, it's important to be extra vigilant and choose the right parasite control methods recommended by your veterinarian.

2. Embracing Their Coats:

Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to shave or modify your pets’ coat length as your pet's fur serves as a natural protector against the sun and heat. Animals with dense fur, like Collies, Bernese Mountain Dogs, and Golden Retrievers, benefit from the insulating and heat-regulating properties of their fur. Shaving or altering their coat length can disrupt these natural defenses and put them at risk of sunburn or heat-related illnesses. It’s recommended to apply a pet-friendly sunscreen on sparsely haired, non-pigmented areas to protect them.

3. Beating the Heat:

​​​​​​​With record-breaking temperatures becoming the norm, preventing heat-related illnesses in pets is important. Factors like hot and humid weather, excessive physical activity, and obesity increase the risk of heatstroke. Combat these risks by exercising your pet during cooler hours of the day, providing plenty of shade and ventilation, and offering ample water. And remember to never leave your pet in a parked vehicle, as the temperature inside can skyrocket to dangerous levels within minutes.

This summer, embark on outdoor adventures with your furry companion while prioritizing their wellness and safety. By staying proactive and implementing these essential tips, you can have a memorable and enjoyable summer for both you and your furry friends!