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Keep Your Pets Safe This Summer

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

keep your pets safe by having 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

keep your pets safe and never leave them 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

keep your pets safe and watch 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

limit exercise on hot days as a way to keep your pets safe in the summer

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

keep your pets safe and 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

keep your pets safe by brushing cats more during the summer and trimming 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.

About Author: Lauren

Lauren is an avid concertgoer, speaks fluent sarcasm, and constantly covered in puggle fur. As the Marketing Manager, she shares her obsessive organization skills and love of marketing with her team to help create the ultimate relationship between Waypoint and its residents. Lauren hopes to one day travel abroad and experience other cultures.

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