Keep Your Pets Safe This Summer
Nice weather is here and everyone wants to get outside and enjoy it. This includes your four legged family members.
While spending time outside is a great way for you to get that much needed vitamin D, be conscious of your pet’s time in the sun. Summer months may be uncomfortable for your pet and even dangerous. Read on to make sure how to keep your pets safe this summer.
1. Have water available at all times
Pets need water in the summer more than ever. Be sure to give your pet access to water no matter where they are. This will help cool them down and reduce the risk of overheating.
2. Never leave your pet in a parked car
Temperatures in you car can rise rapidly. Within 10 minutes, your car could reach 102 degrees on an 85-degree day. That includes having the windows cracked. This could cause your pet to get heatstroke or even suffer from irreversible organ damage.
3. Keep an eye on the humidity
Unlike humans, dogs do not have sweat glands, just those in the pads of their feet. They pant to evaporate moisture in their lungs and take heat away from their body. If the humidity is too high, they are unable to cool themselves. So when the humidity spikes, be sure to bring them into the AC.
4. Limit exercise on hot days
On very hot days, leave playtime and exercise for early mornings and late evenings. Limit outdoor time for dogs with short muzzles, as they often have trouble breathing. Also keep in mind that asphalt gets very hot. This can burn paw pads and lead to blistering. Keep your pets in the grass as much as possible.
5. Watch for signs of heatstroke
Older, very young, or overweight pets are more susceptible to heatstroke. Be sure to keep an eye on your pet while outside. Look for signs of heatstroke such as heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, difficulty breathing, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, seizure, and unconsciousness.
If your pet experiences any of the symptoms bring them into the shade or AC immediately and place icepacks or cold towels to their head neck and chest. Provide them with water or ice cubes and take them to the vet as soon as possible.
6. Brush cats more often and trim dogs less
Contrary to what you might think, trimming your dog in the summer isn’t always the best idea. The layers of your dog’s fur actually keeps them cool and protect them from sunburn. Conversely, brushing your cat more often can actually help remove loose fur and prevent over heating.
With these 6 tips, your pet will be safe to enjoy the summer.
Want to keep your pet safe at the dog park this summer? Read 10 Things Not To Do At The Dog Park.