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Summer Checklist For Older Pets

Pet Care Tips 5 min read
Summer Checklist For Older Pets

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 slightly 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, sunbathing 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 themselves 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.

tips for dehydrated pets

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.

keep ticks away home tips

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 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

Excessive panting, reddish tongue, vomiting, diarrhea are all signs of stroke.

Hot weather, insect bites, and sweat often make 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 panting, 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 it’s 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.


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 to a pet with cataracts or weak eyesight. Doggles are easy protection. Warning: be prepared to handle the extra attention your furbuddy 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 joint discomfort, try the 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.

Our Fun in the Sun Summer Kit provides supplements to help keep your pet happy and healthy during their summer adventures. Control symptoms of environmental allergies, help to prevent intestinal parasites, soothe inflamed skin and keep away pesky fleas, ticks and mosquitoes with our all-in-one summer fun kit!

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 an NHV Pet Expert.

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We have a dedicated group of pet expert professionals, including veterinarians, vet techs, and other pet professionals to guide you through any questions. We’re committed to your pet’s wellness and can offer additional tips, resources, nutritional advice, and more.

Published: May 26, 2017

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  1. casino says:

    Love watching sunset !

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