Enjoying the Season with Your Pet

It’s safe to say just about everyone enjoys a warm summer day, including your pets! The longer, sunny days warrant plenty of time outdoors, but sometimes it’s not all fun and games. Your pets don’t have the same ability to sweat that you do and so have a harder time expelling heat. The best they can do is pant it away, but that’s often not enough. To help your pet cope with overheating and a myriad of other summer dangers, read on!

Summer Pet Safety Tips

Summer, while a great season to enjoy the outdoors, also poses a number of risks. Help your pet stay cool and danger-free with these following tips:

  • NEVER leave your pet in a parked vehicle. The temperature inside can rise to dangerous levels in a matter of minutes, even on a mild day. Always take your pet out with you or leave them at home!
  • When outdoors for any length of time, make sure your pet has plenty of cool, fresh water to drink and shade to rest in.
  • Be sure to take your daily walks either earlier in the morning or later in the evening to avoid the hottest times of day.
  • Keep your pet off hot pavement. The heat radiating off the asphalt can raise their body temperature too quickly, and it can also burn your pet’s paw pads.
  • Always supervise your pet near the pool or any large body of water. Not all dogs can swim; barrel-chested breed such as Boxers or Bulldogs are simply not built for it. However, even those who can swim well can easily outdo themselves and become fatigued, so constant vigilance is essential. Consider a life vest/jacket for added protection.
  • Be consistent with your pet’s parasite prevention. Insects and pests such as fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes love the warmer weather, too, and so are out in force! These can cause irritation, induce an allergic reaction, and even transmit disease.

Interested in more tips for keeping your pet safe this summer? Ask us at your next visit or give us a call today!