Summer Pet Safety Tips
Hot Asphalt Dangers
When the temperature is very high, don't let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close to the ground, your pooch's body can heat up quickly and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.
Overheating in Pets
Know the symptoms of overheating in pets, which includes excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Symptoms can include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.
Never Leave Your Pet Alone in a Parked Vehicle
Not only can it lead to fatal heat stroke, it is illegal in several states!
Supervise Around Pools
Not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from his fur, and try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals.
Open unscreened windows pose a real danger to pets, who often fall out of them. Keep all unscreened windows or doors in your home closed, and make sure adjustable screens are tightly secured.
Shaving Pets Fur
Feel free to trim longer hair on your dog, but never shave your dog. The layers of dogs' coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat. And be sure that any sunscreen or insect repellant product you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.
Please leave your pets at home when you head out to Fourth of July celebrations, and never use fireworks around pets. Exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns or trauma, and even unused fireworks can contain hazardous materials. Many pets are also fearful of loud noises and can become lost, scared or disoriented, so it's best to keep your little guys safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered or escape-proof area of your home.
Summer Pet Safety Tips provided by the ASPCA.