Even though school is starting and it seems like summer is coming to a close, the summer heat could continue well through September. Keeping some cold treats ready in the freezer can help your pet stay cool on hot days in Montana.
Cold Treats Help Prevent Heat Stroke
Overheating and dehydration are two significant summer safety risks for pets. Even as far north as we are in Montana, the heat can be intense for our furry friends.
Our pets’ fur coats are soft and beautiful, but they are also very warm. Because their fur traps heat close to their bodies, dogs and cats have a higher risk of heatstroke and dehydration than we do.
Heat stroke happens when your pet’s body temperature exceeds 104º F. With their fur coats, even temperatures as low as 75º F can send some pets into the beginning stages of heatstroke. Senior pets and those with thick fur or darker coats are most likely to suffer on hot summer days.
Signs of overheating include:
- Labored breathing
- Excessive panting
- Inability to stand
Hot temperatures will also make your pet thirsty. Make sure to offer your pet plenty of fresh, cold water on hot days, and to bring extra water for your pet if you go on a hike. Pets who become dehydrated are at risk for heatstroke, shock, organ failure, and even death.
Signs of Dehydration
- Thick saliva
- Dry nose
- Sunken eyes
Best Cool Treats for Cats and Dogs
One way to prevent dehydration and overheating in the summer is with cold treats. With a blender, silicone molds, and your freezer you can make some yummy treats at home. Here are a few of our pets’ favorites.
Fruit and Yogurt “Pupsicles”
These “pupsicles” are a healthy, tasty treat for our puppy pals, made from plain, unsweetened yogurt and fresh fruits. And honestly, they’re pretty delicious for humans, too.
Besides keeping them cool, frozen lick mats are a great way to entertain a puppy or a cat. Whether their favorite food is peanut butter or chicken paté, lick mats can be customized according to your pet’s tastes.
Frozen Veggies or Meats
Dogs can eat frozen veggies, and both cats and dogs can eat frozen meat. You can mix chunks of frozen meat or veggies in with your pet’s regular dinner, or serve them as a snack on hot days.
Veterinary Dental Care in Bozeman
Keeping your pet safe and healthy is always a priority, no matter the season. That is why veterinary dentists warn against feeding pets ice cubes no matter the weather. Ice can often chip teeth. Dental problems can cause severe pain, and keep your pet from enjoying their favorite activities and snacks. If you notice your pet is acting differently after chewing some ice, you might want to check for chipped or cracked teeth.
Nervous to do so? Our team at Montana Pet Dentistry and Oral Surgery will take excellent care of your pet’s oral health so you can concentrate on snuggles. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.