Summer is a great season- lots of sunshine, trips to the beach, and tasty barbeques. But it also has potential to be a dangerous season for your pets, if you’re not careful.
The biggest challenge that your pets will face in the summer is the heat. You want to take precautions in the summer heat to keep your pets safe.
First and foremost, never leave your pet in a parked car. Even if the windows are cracked, the temperature inside can become unbearable.
Limit exercise on hot days, and be sure to avoid walks during the highest heat and humidity of the day. The best times of the day would be early in the morning or later at night. You should also limit the time spent on hot asphalt or concrete. These surfaces can get extremely hot and can damage a dog’s paws.
If your dogs are outside, be sure to provide them with enough shade and fresh water. If they’re inside- keep it cool! Either air conditioning or fans will help a dog stay cool while inside.
According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, brushed and not matted hair provides better circulation for pets and helps regulate body temperature. Be sure to keep up with a grooming routine during the summer months.
Certain breeds of dogs, like boxers, pugs, shih tzus, and other dogs and cats with short muzzles, will have a harder time breathing in the extreme heat.
Signs of heat stroke to be cautious of:
• Heavy panting
• Glazed eyes
• Rapid heartbeat
• Difficulty breathing
• Excessive thirst
• Lack of coordination
• Profuse salivation
• Deep red or purple tongue
Some other helpful tips for summer safety:
Keep barbeque food away from pets. Some of these foods can be toxic for dogs or can make them sick. To be safe, stick to their usual food and treats.
Don’t leave pets unsupervised around pools. Not every dog is an Olympic swimmer, and accidents happen. Unless there’s a lifeguard on duty, it’s better to keep pets away from pools.
If your pets are going to be around water, like going on a boat, investing in a life jacket is a good idea!
Keep pets away from fireworks! Fireworks can be dangerous for pets. As well as the risk of injury, some pets do not react well to the sound of fireworks. Many pets experience anxiety when it comes to loud noises like fireworks. There is a rise in number of dogs that run away during firework season. It’s best to keep pets safe indoors while there are fireworks going off.