Summer has officially started. This time of year definitely has its ups and downs for our animal companions … particularly older ones. While Fluffy and Fido may enjoy the extra daylight and sunshine, the heat can be rough on them. Here, a York County, PA vet offers some summer care tips for pets in their golden years.
Keep Them Hydrated
The most important thing here is to keep your furry friend properly hydrated. You may want to set out additional water stations. A pet fountain may also be a good idea: many older pets prefer to drink running water. Keep in mind that it isn’t uncommon for senior dogs and cats to develop medical issues. Monitor how much Fluffy and Fido are drinking. If it seems excessive, even with the heat, that could be an indication of a health problem. Contact your vet right away if you notice anything like that.
Don’t Neglect Grooming
Keeping up with your furry pal’s grooming needs can go a long way towards keeping them comfortable. Cats are pretty independent here, but they can still need a bit of help with their beauty care. As for Fido, he’ll need to be bathed and brushed regularly. Consider taking him to a groomer. Or, if possible, bathe him in a kiddie pool. This may help keep him from slipping and falling in the tub.
Adjust Schedules As Needed
This one mostly applies to our canine companions: cats are usually pretty good at sorting out their own schedules. Walk and play with Fido in the mornings and evenings. Take care not to overexert him! Also—we can’t state this one enough—never leave your pooch unattended in a car. Temperatures inside locked vehicles rise very, very quickly.
Offer Cool Comforts
Older animals are more sensitive to weather extremes than their younger counterparts. Don’t let Fluffy and Fido get too hot! Make sure they always have access to cool and/or shady rooms or areas. Your furry buddy may also appreciate things like cooling vests or pads on sweltering days. A cold snack may score you some purrs and tail wags as well. Pick up some ice cream for Fido, or freeze small portions of canned food in water for Fluffy. Ask your vet for more suggestions.
Please contact us, your York County, PA pet hospital, for your senior pet’s veterinary care needs. We’re here to help!