Here are some tips to guarantee you and your pet a happy and safe summer together:
Never Leave a Pet in a Car Alone
Why, with so much media attention, do owners continue to leave their pets in cars? People just don’t realize how fast things can go terribly wrong.
According to AVMA, the temperature in a hot car can rise 20 degrees in just 10 minutes. Another 20 minutes, another 10 degrees. So if it’s 80 degrees outside, and the interior of the car is already at 70 degrees, after just half an hour, your pet is in a 100-degree environment.
The bottom line – if you are making multiple stops at multiple locations, drive solo. Your dog will bark “thanks.”
Make Sure They Have Shade & Lots of Water
While we humans enjoy a day in the sun, we understand the need to protect ourselves from harmful rays. Our pets need protection, too. Make sure your pet has a shady spot if your summer fun includes having her outside for an extended period of time. FACT: Dogs are prone to skin cancer, especially of the ears and nose. Skincancer.org suggests sunscreen and UV-protective clothes
Always provide plenty of fresh water.
If your dog joins you for regular runs- enjoy! Just remember that summer heat can be dangerous for your dogs. Only run early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid the stifling midday heat. Check the pavement, road, or sidewalk you’ll be running on by placing your hand on the ground. If it’s hot to the hand, it’s hot to the paws.
Consider a plastic pool and let your pal play in the cool water.
Recognize Heat Exhaustion
Heavy panting, dry or bright red gums, thick drool, vomiting, diarrhea, or unstable legs require quick action. Dip his body in cool (not cold) water. No tub? Drape a cool (not cold) damp towel over his body, and re-wet as needed. Massage his legs to help with circulation. Provide lots of drinking water. Call your veterinarian immediately.
With all that added outdoor time, summertime can lead to a pet wandering off. Make sure your pet’s ID tag is up to date with your current phone number. If your pet is microchipped, make sure your information is up-to-date with the host company. Tags and microchips offer the best chance of reuniting pets and owners
Plenty of Parasites
Summer equals an increase in the bug population. Make sure to use a flea treatment recommended for your pet’s age and overall health. If your pet spends a lot of time outside during the summer, routine baths and bedding washes will ensure no flea friends make their way into the house.
Tick, tick tick. And we don’t mean clocks. Frequent inspections, combing and paw checks will help you stay on top of any bites that may occur.
Public Enemy #1-Mosquitoes! They can carry infected larvae which can turn into heartworms. Heartworms can be detrimental, even deadly to your pet. Be sure to ask your vet about which heartworm preventive is best for your pet.
Summertime is our favorite time; you want to include your pet in the fun. As long as you keep your furry friend’s health and safety top of mind, you’ll both shine this season!
The content is not medical advise, nor is it intended to be a substitute for veterinary treatment or care. First, consult with your veterinarian before use.