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Summer Checklist For Older Pets

Posted May 26, 2017

The sun is here and you’re all geared up with your flip flops and cotton tees. But what’s your prep for your furry kids? Especially the ones with grey muzzles and slight limping. Winter is a harsh time for them, but did you know summer means extra care too? Here’s a handy summer checklist for pet parents with older cats and dogs. From their grooming needs to their dietary gaps, this one’s dedicated to the senior pets in the house.

1. Sunrise and Sunset Walks
Just like us, sun bathing is good for our pets. Keep a spot accessible where they can get their dose of sunlight vitamins. But the blaring hot summer sun is best avoided by older pets. Take them for walks close to dawn or dusk, when the sun isn’t beaming too bright and they can enjoy comfortably.

2. Hydration Tricks
Most dogs know when they need water. Cats, sometimes, need a little coaxing. To help them stay hydrated and beat the heat, place a lot of water bowls around the house and replace the water at least twice a day. Add some ice cubes to their water. Did you know, coconut water is rich in electrolytes and can keep your pet hydrated for longer. Give it to your cat or dog once a day, especially after any summer outdoor activity.

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3. Wet Food and Diet Gaps
As dogs and cats age, their dietary needs change. Switch things around for your older pets, especially in the summers. Add some lukewarm water to their canned food or kibble and let it cool down before giving it to them. You could even try making some watermelon popsicles or peanut butter and apple popsicles. How about frozen tuna treats for your cat? Summer often triggers appetite loss in older pets. NHV Multi Essentials is a great dietary support that fills all these nutritional gaps, reduces fatigue and provides energy.

4. Tick and Flea Battles
Older pets are at an increased risk of catching tick-borne infections like lyme disease. Comb for fleas daily and treat their bedding with citrus extract spray (steep lemon slices in water overnight and then use the lemon infused water as a spray). Use NHV Target Spray to help keep flea, lice, ticks and mosquitoes away. It is all-natural and works quickly. It’s a must-summer-tool to keep handy.

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5. Spots in the Shade
Give your outdoor pets access to a shaded cool area. Cats’ ears are sensitive to sunlight and tend to get sunburnt. Older dogs have less hair and their skin can be harmed due to prolonged sun exposure. When out on a summer adventure, don’t leave your dog leashed outside in the sun. Make sure they have are in the shade and have a water bowl accessible (think portable for your on-the-go needs)

6. Grooming Assistance
Cats take their lick baths every day. But senior cats battle joint aches and lethargy. You need to look after their grooming needs, especially in the summers. Dogs will need weekly baths in lukewarm water and a mild shampoo, while cats will need brushing and sponge cleaning. This is needed to help keep ticks and summer infections away.

A Healthy Happy Dover

7. Hotspots and Heat Strokes
Hot weather, insect bites and sweat often makes pets scratch aggressively, leading to hotspots. Keep NHV All Clear Ointment handy. It soothes inflamed skin and reduces itching. It is all natural so there’s no fear of the pet licking it, though you might want to let the cream soak in properly before your pet starts biting the spot. Older dogs and cats are vulnerable to heat strokes. Excessive painting, reddish tongue, vomiting, diarrhea are all signs of stroke. If you notice any of these, get your pet to a cool shaded area immediately. Soak a towel in lukewarm or moderately cool water and wrap your pet in it. Increase air movement by using a fan. And rush to your vet.

8. Cooling Off Aids
If it gets scorching hot where you are and if its possible, get your older pet a kiddy pool or a sprinkler. You want to give them a hydrated cool spot to sit in. If you notice your pet getting restless because of the heat, place a wet towel under his or her body. On hot summer days, this is more comfortable than their warm bedding or the burning floor.

9. Keep the Seniors Safe
Older dogs and cats have a reduced sense of smell and hearing. Make sure you keep them tagged and collared in the summers. Clearly mention your contact details on those tags, in case they wander off when outdoors.

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10. Doggles Goggles
Cataract is a problem that troubles most senior dogs and cats, like humans. The UV rays from the sun can be harmful for a pet with cataract or weak eyesight. Doggles are an easy protection. Warning: be prepared to handle the extra attention your fur buddy will be getting with them!

beagle dog in googles

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11. Watch those joints
Your furbaby may seem better in the summer, but their joints are still inflamed and old. Restrict their physical exercise to a moderate amount and instead play some indoor mental simulation games. To help reduce arthritic pain and joint discomfort, try an old age support like Old Timer. You could also add pet-friendly turmeric extract to their food to keep their heart healthy and offer wellbeing support to them, throughout the year.

Raising a dog or cat is like a rainbow. Kittens and puppies are the joy at one end and senior cats and dogs are the treasure at the other. Make sure you take care of your precious companions the year around. Older pets often face issues like kidney, liver and heart issues or arthritis and thyroid imbalances. If you think there is something specific about your furry friend that you need help with, please get in touch with your NHV Pet Expert.

 

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