Seven Key Tips to Caring for Your Pets During Summer in Dubai
Summertime can be challenging enough for you and me during the sizzling summers in Dubai, but for our furry, four-legged, best friends it can be downright dangerous if they are not cared for properly. Risk factors include dehydration, heatstroke and even drowning. Do not fear! Below is a list of key tips to aid you in keeping your family pet cool, happy and healthy during the blistering summer.
1. Keep your pets inside the house or an indoor air-conditioned environment particularly during the hottest midday hours.
2. If your pet spends any time outdoors be sure they have an escape from direct sunlight. Provide ample shade and water. Again, this is most important during mid-day hours when the sun is at its peak temperature. This is preventative to ensuring your dog or cat does not face heat stroke or exhaustion.
3. Be sure to keep a clean and fresh bowl of water for your pets. Water becomes hot very quickly so if not indoors it will need to be changed quite frequently. If you have to leave your pet for any period place several ice cubes in the water bowl to maintain coolness.
4. Even though it is really hot it is still important to maintain your pet’s daily exercise routine. Plan ahead and do it during early morning hours or late in the evening. Take your shoes off and check the temperature of the ground before you set out, if it is too hot for you to walk on, then its too hot for them! Try leaving earlier in the morning or later in the evening. Keep in the shade and stay on the grass as much as possible.
5. NEVER leave your pet unattended in a vehicle. Even if stopped in the shade, the vehicle can reach extreme temperatures within seconds. This can be deadly. Leaving a window ajar will do little to change the deadly effect. If you can’t take your pet with you when exiting a vehicle then you should leave them at home (period).
6. Some dogs love to swim. If you have a water loving pet indulge them. This will do wonders to maintain their physical fitness and keep them cool!
7. Preventative maintenance is key in monitoring your pet’s state of health. Conduct an inspection on your dogs and cats from time to time, checking for signs and symptoms of sunstroke (i.e. heavy panting and breathing, vomiting, and extreme redness of the gums). Contact your veterinarian and seek medical assistance immediately if your pet displays any symptoms of sun stroke.