Summer Safety Tips For Pets

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Summer Safety Tips For Pets – High summer temperatures put pets at risk.

Summer Safety Tips For Pets

The summer months are a great time for pet parents to enjoy the outdoors with their animals. And along with sunnier weather, summer brings greater risks for pets. High summer temperatures can often put pets—such as dogs—at risk for overheating, leading to serious or even deadly consequences.

 

How can you protect your favorite furry friend? What should you keep in mind when spending time outside this summer? To help you keep your pets safe in the summer sun, here’s a look at some top safety precautions that pet owners need to know:

 

  1. Get a checkup. Early summer is a great time to take your pets for a preventative checkup. In addition to assessing their baseline health, talk to your veterinarian about heartworm, flea, and tick preventatives. This way, your animals enter the summer season healthy, and protected against common insect-borne diseases.
  2. Stay hydrated. It’s as true for pets as it is for humans: It’s easy to become dehydrated in the heat. That’s why you want to make sure you have fresh, clean water on hand for your dog when you’re outside. If you’re on-the-go at a pet park or beach, a collapsible pet bowl can easily fit on your belt or in a backpack.
  3. Seek shade. Break up long periods of time outside with shade. Wherever you are, find shady spots where you can take a break from the sun and cool off when you’re playing outside with your pet. Keep in mind, pets with lighter coats are more susceptible to skin problems related to sun exposure. So, limit the time spent in the sun during peak hours—late morning or early afternoon.
  4. Use grass instead of asphalt. You might not give asphalt walkways a second thought when walking in your gym shoes. However, your dog is putting its paws straight on the heated surface, which can result in serious burn on overheated concrete or asphalts. A safer bet is usually grass. So, take your pet to grassy areas where the ground is cooler and more comfortable. At the same time, if you know a lawn is sprayed with chemicals, avoid it because the toxins can be harmful to your pet.
  5. Never leave your pet in a parked car. Even if you’re just running into the store for a quick errand, you should never leave your dog alone in a parked car. It only takes a few minutes for the car to get hot enough to be deadly (even if the windows are cracked)—which is why it’s illegal in several states.
  6. Don’t shave your pet. Cutting your dog’s hair is fine in summer, but don’t shave it. A dog’s fur protects it from sunburn and overheating. Leave its coat in order to give it the natural protection it needs throughout season.
  7. Know overheating signs. Whether you’re going for a hike or relaxing by the pool, know what warning signs to look for in overheated pets. If you notice your dog is excessively panting, drooling, acting lethargic or collapsing, take it as a sign that something is seriously wrong. Other warning symptoms of heatstroke include brick-red gums, rapid heartbeat, diarrhea, vomiting and a fever of more than 104 degrees Fahrenheit. This is a life-threatening condition, so begin the cooling process as soon as possible. Take your dog to the nearest veterinarian or emergency pet hospital for immediate treatment.
  8. Flee fireworks. There’s nothing that screams summer like a gorgeous firework display. Before bringing your pet to the show, however, think about how the loud noises and bright lights could be frightening. Many animals panic around thunderstorms and loud noises, so it only makes sense that fireworks could cause stress. Keep your pets inside or, if you do venture out, make sure your animal has a current ID tag or implantable chip to help you find it if it gets lost in the commotion.
  9. Watch what your pet is eating. Summer brings a host of eating opportunities, from backyard barbecues and picnics to local fairs. Before you share snacks with your animal, think about what’s safe. Pets typically should avoid avocado, chocolate, coconut, grapes, raisins, nuts, citrus and candy, not to mention alcohol. Pay attention to food that’s laying around with easy access and keep your pet from accidentally ingesting something dangerous.

 

Summer is a great time to enjoy outdoor activities with your pets, as long as you know how to stay safe! Protect your animal this season by keeping the nine tips above in mind wherever you go.

 

 

Author bio: 

Stephanie N. Blahut is Director of Marketing for Figo Pet Insurance. Figo is committed to helping pets and their families enjoy their lives together by fusing innovative technology — the first-of-its-kind Figo Pet Cloud — and the industry’s best pet insurance plans.

 

 

Summer Safety Tips For Pets – High summer temperatures put pets at risk
Summer Safety Tips For Pets – High summer temperatures put pets at risk
Summer Safety Tips For Pets – High summer temperatures put pets at risk
Summer Safety Tips For Pets – High summer temperatures put pets at risk
Summer Safety Tips For Pets – High summer temperatures put pets at risk

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