7 Summer Safety Tips for Pet Owners
Summer is in full swing, and for many of us, that means enjoying the sunny days outside with our dogs and cats. While you’re having fun with your furry friends this summer, take these simple precautions to protect your pet from warm weather woes.
Never leave your pets unattended in cars.
The temperature inside a parked car can quickly rise to a deadly level for pets, even on mild days. Never leave your pets unattended in a parked car for any amount of time. If you need to run errands that involve getting out of the car, please leave your pets at home.
Be mindful of hot pavement.
When walking your dogs, avoid spending too much time walking on pavement. The temperature of concrete can be uncomfortable and painful for your pets. Try to walk on grassy areas as much as possible, and try to take walks during cooler times of the day.
Make sure your pets have access to shade outside.
If you keep your pets outside for any duration, make sure they have access to shade. Try to limit their time outdoors during the hottest hours of the day. Dogs and cats with flat faces are more susceptible to overheating and should primarily be kept indoors in the summer.
Provide your pets with plenty of fresh, clean water.
Make sure your pets have access to plenty of fresh water, especially on humid days. Watch for signs of dehydration, which include excessive panting, increased heart and respiratory rate, difficulty breathing, mild weakness, and stupor. If your pet shows any of these signs, take him to the vet immediately.
Don’t leave your pet unattended by a pool.
Not all dogs are good swimmers. If you are spending time near a pool or large body of water, never leave your pets unsupervised.
Keep unscreened windows closed.
If you open windows throughout your home, make sure the screens are tightly secured. If you do not have screens, leave your windows closed. Your pet could accidentally fall out of a window and get injured or lost.
Store lawn care products out of reach.
Common insecticides can be toxic to pets. Keep all tiki torch oils and citronella candles out of reach. If you use a lawn care service, make sure the maintenance professionals know that you own pets. Pay attention to the time periods in which it may be dangerous for your pet to play on the lawn. If you suspect your pet has ingested a toxic substance, contact your vet immediately.
By keeping these simple safety tips in mind, you can beat the heat and help ensure a pleasant summer for your furry friends.