The Heat Is On: Summer Pet Safety Tips
Summer may be halfway over, but you are probably still busy enjoying the warm weather with your pet. Chances are, however, if we are feeling the heat, so are our pets. Because pets can suffer from heatstroke, sunburn, and other ailments without us necessarily realizing it, it’s important to keep summer pet safety in mind for our four-legged friends.
Summer Pet Safety Reminders
The following summer pet safety tips aim to help you protect your furry friend against the dangerous effects of too much heat and humidity:
- Never leave your pet in a parked car, not even for a moment. The temperatures in a car parked in the shade with the windows cracked can rise to dangerous levels in minutes, and your pet could suffer irreversible organ damage or even death.
- Provide your pet with unlimited access to shade and to cool, fresh drinking water
- Limit exercise and other outdoor activities to early morning and evening hours, when temperatures are cooler. Try to keep your pet indoors during the hottest times of the day with the A/C or fan running.
- Asphalt, sand, and even dirt can rise to dangerous levels during the warmest time of the day. Protect your dog’s paw pads by walking him or her through the grass or heavily shaded areas whenever possible.
- Planning on spending a day in the sun with your pet? Protect him or her from sunburn by using a pet-safe sunscreen on the nose, ears, and belly.
A Word About Swimming
It just isn’t summer without a dip in the pool or lake. Keeping our pets safe around water is crucial, whether they love to swim or hate to get their paws wet:
- Never leave a dog unsupervised near a body of water. Even dogs that are good swimmers can get into trouble in the water. Consider fencing a backyard pool if you can’t always be outside to watch your dog.
- There are many excellent doggie life vests and life jackets on the market today, perfect for the dog that will never be a strong swimmer, such as bulldogs, pugs, and basset hounds. Remember to supervise your dog in the water even if he or she is wearing a life jacket.
- Take the time to teach your pool-loving dog where the steps are and how to use them to get out easily.
- Proper obedience training is a must when it comes to pets and water safety. Your dog should always come when called, even if he or she is in the water. Carry treats or a favorite toy to lure your dog back just in case he or she decides not to listen, and consider enrolling him or her in obedience classes.
Please let us know if you have any questions about summer pet safety. Stay cool!