Summer Safety Tips For Your Cat Or Dog
Suggestions on keeping your pet safe during the summer months.
As we get further into the summer months, higher temperatures are to be expected. Three digit temperatures will start bearing down on us in no time, and that can cause dangerous situations for humans and animals alike. Pets can easily get sick or even succumb to the heat if not looked after closely. If you’re not sure how to take care of your pets as the days heat up, browse our carefully crafted tips and advice on how to best take care of your cat or dog in such extreme weather.
1. Firstly, it is of the utmost importance to never leave your dog or cat alone in a car or other such tightly enclosed space during the summer, even if you think it will just be for a minute. With the engine turned off, the interior of a car can reach up to 102 degrees in a span of 10 minutes. After that, the temperatures continue to rise- and that’s just on an 85 degree day. Your pet could face organ damage or even death. It’s simply not worth it.
2. Make sure your pet is up to date on all their vaccinations and other shots or immunizations. This is especially important for dogs, as they are generally outside more than cats. Wildlife can be very aggressive during the summer months, and any type of bite can put your pet at risk. You don’t want to make a bite or infection worse by not being up to date on shots. A collar with all of your information is also a good idea in case your pet wanders away from home.
3. Be on the lookout for signs of heatstroke in your pet. Heatstroke, which also affects humans, is what happens when your body reaches a temperature of 104 degrees or more. It’s caused by being in the heat for extended amounts of time. Symptoms for your pet include: difficulty in breathing, rapid heartbeat, fever, excessive thirst, vomiting, as well seizure, as a deep red or purple tongue. Take your pet directly to the veterinarian if you suspect heatstroke.
Generous amounts of time in the shade and lots of water help in keeping your pet cool and dissuading heatstroke. Keep them well-fed, so they won’t get dizzy in the heat. It’s important to note that for dogs, doghouses make the heat worse since they obstruct air flow. Shady trees or tarps are best around this time. Another suggestion is a cooling mat for your pet. For a chilly treat, you can even add ice to their water bowl.
Plan ahead for your pet’s wellbeing if you’re preparing to go on a family or personal vacation. If your pet is not coming with you, be sure to arrange care with people you trust, or kennels or veterinarian that’s reputable. If your pet is taking the vacation with you, take responsible measures to ensure their safety when they’re along for the ride.
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