Summer has finally arrived! For people, that means swimming pools, cookouts, and family vacations. But what about our pets?
Warm weather offers pets the opportunity to accompany their owners to the park, the lake, and maybe even to the cookout where they can sneak a tasty snack. However, despite all the fun that summer holds, the hot weather can be dangerous for our pets. Read below for 5 tips to help your pets stay safe this summer!
- Never ever leave your dog in a hot car. Even on a seemingly mild day, the inside of your car can soar past 100° in a matter of minutes. Cracking the windows is simply not enough to provide adequate airflow, so when in doubt… leave your pooch at home where it’s cool.
- Take care of your pet’s paws! Before taking your dog for a walk, place the back of your hand on the pavement for 10 seconds. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for their paws. Instead, try letting them do their business in a grassy or mulched area that won’t burn their sensitive paw pads.
- Watch out for pesky parasites! Fleas, ticks, and intestinal parasites abound during the warm summer months, and your pet depends on you to provide preventatives to keep these critters at bay. Your pet should receive a vet exam to ensure your pet stays healthy!
- Know the signs of heat exhaustion. In the event that your dog begins to overheat, it is crucial that you recognize the signs and provide care quickly. Watch for panting, excessive drooling, reddened gums, dehydration, and a rapid heart rate. Ensure that your dog moves to a cool environment immediately, provide cool, clean water, and call your veterinarian.
- It’s always best to keep pets indoors, but if your pet is spending time outside, be sure to provide cool, clean water and plenty of shade.
By following these simple tips, you and your dog should have a safe and wonderful summer together!