Top Summer Tips for Pet Safety


Summer is prime time
for those family vacations, backyard BBQs, and being outdoors. All of which can
be enjoyed with your pets, so long as you take the right precautions.
Here are some summer tips on how to make sure your pets are ready for what this season has in store:
  • Never
    leave a pet in a car on a hot day
    – cracking a window isn’t going to cut
    it. We all know how much hotter the inside of a car can get when sitting for
    just 10 minutes. Pets can only withstand a higher body temperature for a very
    short time before suffering irreparable brain damage or even death.
  • Be
    safe outdoors

    pets can easily get overheated. Make sure your pet stays cool outside by always
    providing shade and cool water.
  • Adjust
    your pet’s exercise routine
    – exercise in early morning
    or evening hours for cooler temperatures. Keep in mind asphalt gets very hot
    and can burn your pet’s paws.
  • Watch
    for heat stroke

    – Call your vet immediately. Signs of heatstroke include bright red tongue and
    gums, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive panting, and a body temperature of
    105-110 degrees. If this happens, get your pet out of the heat, lay him on cool
    shaded grass and pour cool water over him. You can also give small amounts of
    water or ice cubes

  • Don’t
    leave pets unsupervised around pools
    – not all dogs are good swimmers. Even
    if they know how to swim, they may not know how to get out
  • Practice safety
    on boats

    – make sure your pet wears a flotation device and is rinsed off after swimming
    in the ocean

  • Don’t
    allow your pet to partake in parties
    – human foods and
    drinks aren’t always fit for pets to consume. Certain foods and
    drinks can be detrimental to a pets health

with your pet:
  • Pack

    make sure all necessary supplies and food are packed for your trip. Check out
    hotels ahead of time to be certain they allow pets
  • Make
    sure your pet is heal
    – set up an appointment with your vet before you begin your journey
  • Don’t
    schedule air flights during peak hours
    – peak periods usually mean delays and
    stopovers with your pet in a crate for a longer period of time. Try early
    morning or evening flights to avoid this, bonus is it won’t be as hot either.

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