We all love spending the long days of summer outdoors with our furry friends. However, when planning to be outdoors for extended periods of time, it is important to take a few precautions to keep our pets safe.
Visit the vet— Summer is a great time to check-in with your vet about their recommendations on safe flea and tick control. It is important to talk to your vet about these options to keep your pet happy and healthy, especially when their time outdoors may increase.
Keep them hydrated—Pets can easily get dehydrated when it’s warm out, so be sure to give them plenty of fresh, clean water.
Never leave them in the car— To prevent heat exhaustion or heat stroke, never leave your dog in a car in the summertime heat. Even if the windows are cracked, temperatures can quickly reach a deadly 100+ degrees Fahrenheit.
Seek shade— If you are going to be outdoors, make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun and be careful to not over-exercise them. Hot pavement can also potentially burn sensitive paw pads so it is best to keep walks to a minimum during times of excessive heat.
Know the warning signs— Symptoms of overheating in pets include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature.
Keep up the grooming –If your pet has longer fur, feel free to trim, but never shave it as the layers of their coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Instead focus on keeping up your regular grooming routine. Brushing cats more often than usual can even prevent problems caused by excessive heat. Also, be sure to check the labels on any sunscreen or insect repellent product you use to make sure it is safe for use on animals.
Credit: ASPCA, Petsamerica.org