With summer comes warm weather, fun outdoor activities, and a different set of safety measures to follow for your pets! Here are our top 7 pet safety tips to follow during the summer months:
- If your pets are outside in the heat, make sure to provide them with plenty of fresh, clean water and a shady place to hang out to avoid the sun.
- Know the symptoms of overheating! Take your pet to the vet immediately if they exhibit excessive panting, difficulty breathing, increased heart rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor, or even collapse.
- Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. A car can overheat even when the windows are cracked open. In fact, the temperature in your car can reach over 20° higher than the temperature outside!
- Don’t let your pet linger on hot asphalt. If it’s too hot for you to walk outside while barefoot, then it is too hot for your pet! Try to walk your pet early in the morning or at night to avoid making them walk on hot pavement.
- Never leave your pet unsupervised around a pool! Not all pets can swim, and the chlorine and other chemicals often found in pool water are harmful to your pet if ingested.
- -Be sure to provide proper flotation devices for your pet while swimming, and afterwards, rinse any chlorine or salt from their fur to prevent skin irritation.
- Summer is barbecue season! Avoid feeding your pet the same food that you and your guests will eat. Here’s a list of specific foods to avoid feeding your pet.
- -If you think your pet has ingested something poisonous, alert your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center
- Never use fireworks around your pets. Fireworks can potentially burn or otherwise cause injury to your pets. Many pets fear loud noises and will become disoriented or lost when they hear fireworks. To be safe, leave your pet indoors in a quiet area to avoid inciting fear or injury.
Keep these tips in mind this summer to keep your pets safe!