8 Ways To Practice Pet Safety This Upcoming Summer
We all know how it feels to sit by the pool with an ice-cold glass of water, yet still feel like there’s no way to escape the summer heat. Now add a fur coat and subtract the ability to sweat from that situation—this is something that your pet experiences every summer.
While our pets love to have some fun in the summer sun, just as their human owners do, the heat affects our pets much different than it does us. In many ways, it is much more dangerous for them. However, the summer sunshine doesn’t have to be hot or miserable for your pet, as long as you as a pet owner have kept yourself up-to-date on summer pet safety.
1. Watch Out For Heat Stroke
If you’re playing games with your new friend outside, or even just relaxing by the pool, you have to be aware of the signs of heat stroke so you can tell when your pet has spent too much time in the hot summer sun. A few common signs of heat stroke include:
If you notice any one of these symptoms, be sure to get your pet away from the sun and into a cool place. Also be sure to get them some water, as they may be severely dehydrated.
2. Make Sure They Have Enough Water
A sip every hour might be what you prefer, but your pet needs more than that. Make sure they have enough water at all times. However, also make sure it’s not too cold. If it’s icy and they’ve been playing outside, it could harm their heart and hurt them.
3. Keep Them Groomed
Now take that furry coat and add extra hair to it. Even hotter, right? Make sure you keep brushing your pet through the hot months. This way, you’ll be keeping your pets cool and making sure their coat is shiny and healthy as well.
4. Play Or Walk In The Evenings And Mornings
It’s both cooler and less humid in the mornings and evenings, so schedule your playtimes and walks then whenever possible. That’s not only more comfortable for your pet in their fur coat, but also for you. Not only does playtime during the day increase the risk of heat stroke for your pet, but it also increases the risk of sunburn for lighter colored pets. Keep them inside or talk to your vet about vet-approved sunscreen to keep them happy and healthy.
5. Never Leave Your Pets Alone In The Car
I know you might be running in just for a second to pick up one can of soup you need for dinner, but the heat doesn’t discriminate. No matter how long you’re leaving, you’re put your pet both in danger of heat stroke and getting stolen. Leave your pet at home, or drop them back off when coming from the park. It may take more time, but you’re guaranteeing more time with your pet in the long run.
6. Avoid Hot Sidewalks
We know that sidewalks were meant for walks. However, they heat up quicker than grass and dirt. If you are taking your walks in the afternoon, or even at night after a hot day, find a route that’s mostly on the grass. You might be wearing shoes, but unless you’ve invested in some puppy protectors, your friend will thank you for avoiding the sidewalk.
7. Don’t Leave Them Alone Near A Pool
You hear the same warnings for children, but it’s worth noting with pets too. Your dog may be fine doggy paddling when you’re around, but a couple hours later they may get tired. Give them warnings and orders just like your kids to stay away from the pool when you’re not around.
8. Tag And ID Your Pets
No one plans to lose his or her pet. Whether you’re lounging at home or taking a trip across the country, something crazy could happen at any time. There are many different types of IDs:
Just make sure to pick one soon so you can guarantee you won’t be without your pet if he or she decides to take an adventure of his or her own.
The summer months can usher in increased fun for many, but increased fun usually comes with increased precautions. By following these summer pet safety tips, you can be sure to have summer fun for the books many years to come. We’d love to see your summer memories, so share your photos and stories with us on Facebook.
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