Summertime is here, which means we're enjoying our first dip in the pool, grilling burgers and hot dogs, and basking in the newly warm temperatures. While the warm weather may feel great to us, by June and July the rising temperatures pose very real dangers to our furry friends. Take a look at the pet tips we've listed below to ensure that your pets are cool and comfortable this summer!
First things first, visit your vet for a spring or early-summer checkup
If your pets aren't on year-round Heartworm Prevention, now is the time to have your pet tested for heartworms before placing them on Heartworm Prevention.
If your pet has to be left outdoors, ensure they have access to shade and fresh water at ALL times
Even if you only plan to leave a pet outdoors in the backyard for a few minutes, sometimes a quick errand can turn into a full afternoon away from your furry friend. Temperatures outside can increase to dangerous levels within a short period of time. So always ensure your pets have access to a shaded area and bowl of fresh water nearby.
During hot summer months, regular exercise can be dangerous for pets
You may want to adjust your pet's activities to avoid midday sweltering temperatures during the summer. Remember, our furry friends can't cool themselves as well as we can! They rely on panting and limited sweating through the bottoms of their paws to cool down. Try taking your pets outside during the early morning or later evening, which tend to be cooler, to avoid overheating.
Don't let your dog linger on hot asphalt
It's something you may not think twice about, but it's a very real danger to your pet's paws. When the temperature is high, don't let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Keep walks to a minimum or move your dog to a grassy area. Remember, if it's too hot for your feet, it's too hot for your pet's paws.
NEVER leave your pets alone in a parked vehicle!
Even when it's a cool, comfortable 70 degrees outside, the temperature inside a parked car can quickly climb to over 90 degrees in just 10 minutes...and up to 100 degrees in less than an hour. This ultimately exposes our furry friends to very serious risks of discomfort, illness and even death. It is also illegal to leave a pet in a parked car in several states. You can do your part to help pets that are in danger. If you see a distressed dog inside a parked car on a warm day, immediately contact your local Animal Control agency or law enforcement for help.
Never use fireworks around your pets
Exposure to lit fireworks can potentially cause severe burns or trauma and even unused fireworks can contain hazardous materials. Many pets are fearful of loud noises and can become lost, scared or disoriented at celebrations where fireworks are taking place. As much as we love to have our pets with us as these events, it's a good idea to keep your pets home where they are safe and won't become scared and potentially run away due to the loud noises.
The summer months are filled with fun times for our furry friends, but keep in mind their safety. With these precautions, you'll ensure your pet keeps cool all summer long!
Summer safety tips provided by the ASPCA and American Humane.