Pet-sitting this Summer – careful in the heat!

23 Mar, 2016

Pet-sitting this Summer – careful in the heat!

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If you are planning to become a pet sitter and have made plans to start this Summer, read this blog. Petsitting this Summer will have many advantages and challenges. Remember you are caring for someone’s beloved pet and the Summer brings danger as well as pleasure.  Read on to learn more.

Pet-sitting this Summer?

Top Tips for Summer Pet-sitting

Pet-sitting in the summer can be great fun, and a wonderful way to spend an active holiday. Those walks in the lovely Summer heat are all the more enjoyable with pets to play with, that’s one of the great benefits of pet-sitting. However the gorgeous weather can also be dangerous to pets, and the heat sometimes can be fatal. Here are a few tips for you, to help keep your pooches and pets happy and safe this summer.
Summer pet-sitting can be great fun

Dog sitting Summer guidelines

Don’t leave your pets in a parked car in the heat

The first tip, I’m sure most have heard of or understand, is to never leave your pets in a parked car for a long period of time; especially without a fresh supply of air. Although it is tempting to pop into the local supermarket for a few bits and pieces, a few minutes parked can see temperatures in your car soar at very rapid rates. For animals, and even humans, it can cause heat strokes, organ damage and in some cases death. So this summer, be careful and make sure you don’t leave your animals in the car.

Check the pavement – the five second rule

This is crucial for the pet well-being.  It’s quick and easy to just take the time to check the pavement or road you are walking your dogs on. Streets pavements, patios, roads and sand, can easily burn your dog’s footpads. So carry out the five second rule – just place the back of your hand on the road for five seconds. If you cannot hold it for that long, it’s definitely too hot to walk your dogs on.

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Dogs must be hydrated and cool on walks

Like humans, dogs need to be kept hydrated to keep cool and happy. But unlike us they sweat through panting to evaporate the heat from their body. Meaning they can easily over heat in the hot sun if not looked after properly. To make sure your pet is kept safe, maybe find a walk with a fresh supply of water and plenty shade. But also keep a bottle of water with you when you walk, so you can easily make sure they are kept hydrated.

 Stick to cooler times of the day

A great tip is to make sure you don’t go out in peak sunshine. We recommend you stick to early mornings and evenings, when the sun isn’t so strong. Such as the saying goes “Mad dogs and Englishmen only go out in the midday sun”! Also another tip may be to reduce the amount of exercise they normal hPet-plan-guide-caring-for-pets-in-the-summer-300x286ave, especially if it is a really hot day to help reduce the risk of overheating!

Signs of Heatstroke

Following these top tips will help keep your pets happy in the heat this summer. However, it is still important to be wary and understand the signs of heatstroke in dogs. Symptoms of heat stroke include: heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness.

It is also important to be aware, especially if you are pet-sitting this summer, of the animals that are most at risk of getting heat stroke. These include the very old and young pets, but also certain breeds are more susceptible such as: boxers, pugs, shih tzus and breeds with shorter muzzles (as they have a harder time breathing in extreme heat).
Though if you believe your pet is suffering from heat stroke, the best thing to do is to take them straight to a vet. But also make sure you move them into the shade, apply ice packs or cold wet towels to their head, neck and chest. Also if you can run cool water over them to help cool them down.
Make sure you make the most of the beautiful sunny weather this Summer and keep your pets safe by following our tips!



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1 comment

  1. I have 3 dogs. 2 males and one female. Actually a mother and her 2 sons. I usually bring them out at the near park as early as 5am and get back 6-6:30AM. 🙂

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