10 Tips For Keeping Your Pets Safe in the Summer
Ah, yes. It’s summertime. That means barbecues and picnics, trips to the local park and beach, and lots of time spent out-of-doors for both you and your pets. Although it’s wonderful to take your furry friend outside when the temperature rises, there are numerous perils that can occur. Here is a list of 10 great tips to follow so that your pet can have a fun and safe summer!
1. Always provide fresh, cool water to keep your pet well hydrated. Take water with you if you’re on-the-go.
2. Provide your animal with plenty of shade. Since the sun moves across the sky during the day, the shady areas will change. Therefore, keep an eye on your furry friends.
3. On hot days, make sure your pet doesn’t overdo the exercising, running around, playing, or other activities.
4. Consider keeping your pets indoors on humid days. High humidity interferes with your animal’s ability to cool itself.
5. Keep your dog off fertilized lawns and away from insecticides and dangerous, toxic plants.
6. Swimming in a lake, pond, or even a pool is a great way for your pet to stay cool. Just make sure you supervise your dog in the water. A doggy life jacket is an important safety item.
7. Traveling with your pet can be lots of fun. Just make sure you spend the time preparing the travel plans including car or airplane arrangements.
8. Never, ever, ever leave your pet in a parked car. Even if you park in the shade and leave the windows down somewhat, the temperature inside your car will rise so quickly, your pet can be dead in minutes. Don’t ignore an animal in distress even if it’s inside someone else’s car.
9. Just like humans, pets can get sunburned, too. So, don’t forget to apply sunscreen on your animal’s nose and ear tips. Pets with light colored noses or fur are more susceptible to sunburns and skin cancer.
10. Watch for signs of heat stroke. Heat stroke can be fatal and can occur quite quickly. Signs include (but are not limited to): body temperature of 104-110F degrees, excessive panting, dark or bright red tongue and gums, staggering, stupor, seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomiting. These can lead to coma and death. Dogs with the highest risk are short snout, elderly, or heavy-coated breeds as well as those with predisposing illnesses. If your dog is suffering from heat stroke, seek veterinary attention immediately! Remember, prevention is key.