Summer Safety for Pets

It looks like winter has taken its final bow and now we need to look forward to the heat of summer. It’s important to keep our furry friends in mind when dealing with the heat. Here are a few tips to keep your animals safe this summer:

 

  • Summer SafetyNEVER leave an animal in the car in the summer.
  • Pay attention to the heat of the pavement when walking your pet.
  • Keep your pet well hydrated.
  • As animals get more thirsty they may be more likely to drink from   contaminated puddles on the ground – keep your eye on them.
  • Think of ways to keep your pets cool if they are outside. Kiddie pools and chilling pads are popular for this.
  • Keep walks and outdoor play short during hot days.
  • Summer is the season of parasites and bugs. Make sure your pets are protected.
  • Keep your pets off lawns that have been fertilized.
  • Pets can get sunburned, too. Apply special sunscreen for pets to the tips of their ears, the skin around their lips, and on their noses.
  • Do not shave your dogs in the summer – their coats serve as insulation from the heat.
  • Short-nosed dogs have a harder time in the heat because they do not pant as effectively as longer-nosed dogs. It is best to keep them inside in the air conditioning.

 

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