Summer Safety Tips

Team Image

When the lazy days of BBQs roll around you can make them even better by involving your pet in the festivities. By following a few summer pet safety tips, you can keep your furry friends healthy and enjoy the months of fun and sun. Never leave your pet in the car: The sun can raise the temperature inside your car to 120 degrees Fahrenheit in a matter of minutes and can have severe consequenses. Make sure your pet doesn’t overexert: Dogs and cats normal internal core body temperature can reach four degrees higher than humans. Exercise on hot days can lead to heatstroke. Keep walks to a gentle pace and make sure there is plenty of water available. If the pet is panting a lot or seems exhausted, it’s time to stop. Water, water everywhere: Your pet needs access to lots of fresh water during the summer, so check the water bowl several times a day. Bring plenty of extra water for your pets if you take them anywhere. Summer haircuts: Keep your pet cool by having their hair clipped short. Fur traps heat and may overheat your pet. Be careful to watch that their skin doesn’t get sunburned where fur is really short. You can use pet approved sun screen on these areas. Sore Paws: Sensitive paws can burn on the hot asphalt or get cut on rocks while hiking. If your dog tolerates it, you can purchase booties for your dog to wear while hiking. How does a dog sweat? Dogs and cats perspire around their paws to help cool their body. In addition, they will pant to help expel excess heat that they can’t perspire from their paws. If your pet seems overheated you can wet their paws, ears, neck and stomach with water to help cool them down. Watch out for poisons: Antifreeze, flea/tick products, rodenticides, garden fertilizer and insecticides and blooming plants are typical emergencies during the summer. Watch you friend around these things and call your veterinarian immediately with any ingestion of these items. How to introduce your dog to water: Do not leave pets unsupervised around water since not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pet to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Rinse your dog off after swimming and try to keep your dog from drinking pool or salt water which can cause stomatch upset. Keep an eye out for heatstroke: Heatstroke is a medical emergency. If you suspect your pet has heatstroke, you must act quickly and calmly. Have someone call a veterinarian immediately. Signs of heatstroke: Panting Anxious expression or staring Rapid heartbeat Collapse Refusal to obey commands High fever Vomiting Excessive salivation