It’s here, it’s here! Summer is finally here! It’s the time that your pet has finally been waiting for. The sun is shining bright, the weather is warm outside, the grass is green… your pet is itching to go out the door, whether it’s for a walk or to simply catch some rays and hang out in the backyard.
Since the warm season is here, we knew just the right topic to discuss for our monthly blog! There isn’t a better time than now to talk about summer safety for your pet! So, we’re going to cover seven summer safety tips that you should know in order to keep your pet safe while having fun outside!
Let’s get into it!
Tip #1 – Provide plenty of water and shade
As we all know, the weather gets considerably hot during this time of year. Our pets have fur coats, so they get hot fairly quickly as you can imagine. When your pet is outside, ensure that they have access to plenty of fresh water and shade where they can sit under and cool off in case they get hot. Hydration is necessary for your pet’s health, and it is exceptionally important during this season.
Tip #2 – Never leave your pet in the car
Your car can heat up quicker than you may think. A common mistake that pet owners make is bringing their pets on trips where they are required to leave their vehicle and their pet inside of it with the windows open. Even with open windows, the car can still be too hot for your pet. If you have to run errands with your pet but know that you are leaving your vehicle at some point, then leaving your pet at home is the safest option.
Tip #3 – Know the signs of heat strokes
As mentioned in the first tip, hydration is necessary for your pet’s health. The hot weather can dehydrate them easily, and knowing the signs of dehydration can help prevent your pet from experiencing heat strokes and potentially saving their life. Keep an eye out for the following symptoms:
- Heavy panting
- Thick drool
- Bright red or dry gums
- Vomiting or diarrhea
Tip #4 – Check for ticks, fleas, and other parasites
Not many know this, but the summer season also brings out those pesky little parasites, hence the commonly-heard phrase “tick/flea season”. After bringing your pets inside from their day out, check them immediately for fleas, ticks, or any other parasites that may be lingering in their fur coat. Use a grooming brush to brush their fur, which will allow you to spot any irregularities in their fur and their body. If necessary, take your pet to the veterinary clinic.
Tip #5 – Stay vaccinated
It is important to stay up-to-date with required vaccinations and any other medications that your pet may need. Doing this will keep your pet healthy as their immune system will be strengthened, and can also help in preventing harmful diseases.
Tip #6 – Mind your walking hours
Walking during cooler times of the day such as early mornings or late nights can actually help in preventing your pet from dehydration. Avoid walking during the middle of the day, as this time of the day is often the hottest temperature-wise. Doing this will also protect their paws from getting burned on the hot pavement (yes, it really gets that hot!).
Tip #7 – Water Safety
If you’re going boating or swimming, then consider getting your pet a life jacket. It is common for pet owners to take their friendly companions on an adventure with them, and some dogs love to go for a swim. In case they get tired during their swim, the life jacket becomes a life saver.
We hope that you take these hot summer tips into consideration as they will ensure your pet’s safety! The summer time is a wonderful time for your pet to go outside, but taking these precautions will keep them safe while having a fun time!
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