Summer is almost upon us. This means trips to the beach or the pool, road trips, camping, barbeques, and other outdoor activities. Summer also means loads of outside fun with your pets. Whether your idea of summer fun includes jogging to the pet park, hiking and camping out in the wilderness, or even lounging in your own backyard; there is no shortage of exciting activities you can share with you furry kid.
However, as temperatures rise; the more prone your pets are to get hot spots, sunburn, and other summer-related skin irritations. You must take extra steps to make you’re your pets are safe and sound this summer. Don’t worry caring for your pets this summer does not have to be costly or time-consuming. You would still have lots of time for your summer adventures.
Here is your guide to common skin problems your pets might encounter this summer and how to treat hot spots, sunburn, and other summer-related skin irritations.
Just like humans, pets get sunburn as well. Exposure to direct sunlight for long periods of time can cause sunburn. Sunburn in pets is usually non life-threatening but can be painful and accompanied by red and irritated skin.
If your pets get sunburn, resist the urge to use human lotions as pets’ skin is more sensitive and might react adversely to chemicals. To soothe your pet’s sun-burnt skin, it’s best to use lotions especially formulated for pets’ skin made with cooling oils like coconut oil
2. Hot Spots.
Hot spots are common in dogs and cats during hot weather. Also known as summer sores, hot spots appear when your pet scratches and licks his or her skin excessively. Gradually, wet scabs appear on the skin making it look raw, red, and moist. Hot spots can very painful to dogs and cats and they may lick and chew on it some more, worsening the condition. All pets are prone to hot spots in the summer.
Caring for your pets this summer means knowing how to treat hot spots. First, trim the area to air out the hot spots and help speed up healing. Spray the area with a mild hydrating moisturizer calms hot spots and pat dry. Using an anti-itch spray will prevent itching and scratching, helping to alleviate the condition.
3. Itchy Dermatitis
Summer is dry and dusty making it the perfect season for dander and dry skin. When your pet’s skin is dry, chances are, it will be itchy. Itchy dermatitis, the usual cause of constant itching and scratching, can lead to infections, skin abrasions, hair loss, and stress for your pets.
To treat itchy dermatitis, use a hydrating pet moisturizer with ingredients safe for sensitive skin. Use an anti-itch cream or spray to remove dandruff and reduce itching and scratching.
Summer is one of the best seasons in the year. It’s the season for outdoor fun and adventure. Don’t let your pet’s skin irritations get in the way of them enjoying their summer with you. Knowing the most common skin issues and their cures would make caring for your pets this summer easy and fun.