Summer’s even better when we can enjoy it with our pets! Warmer weather brings more fun in the sun and adventure, but it’s important to take some extra precautions to prevent injury and illness. Follow these tips to keep your furry friends happy and healthy this summer!
Keep them hydrated
Be sure your furry BFF has access to plenty of fresh water throughout the day. Pets can easily become dehydrated in warmer temperatures, especially if they’re outdoors and active during 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., the hottest part of the day. And if you’re out and about, pack a small travel bowl that you can fill on the go.
Be mindful of when you take them for walks
Avoid overheating your pets and strategically plan your walks for the coolest parts of the day. Asphalt can get scorching hot and burn the bottoms of their paws, so try to keep to packed dirt trails or grass if possible. If you have to walk them on asphalt or sidewalk, stick to early morning or evening after sunset.
Know the signs of heat exposure
Get familiar with heat stroke symptoms so you know what to watch out for. Excessive panting, lethargy or restlessness, drooling, vomiting, and diarrhea can manifest in varying degrees of severity. More information about care and treatment for dogs can be found HERE, for cats, HERE.
Don’t drop the s’mores
Summertime is a fabulous time of year for us humans with all the backyard barbecues, delicious produce, and treats, but remember there are certain foods that can be downright harmful to pets, like chocolate, grapes, avocados, and citrus. Don’t let anyone feed your pets from the table, and keep an eye on them when you’re hosting and entertaining. Read the complete food list HERE.
NEVER leave them in a parked car
It’s fun bringing our pets with us on errands and outings, but NEVER EVER leave them unattended in a car. Summer temperatures outside mean extreme heat inside a parked car; we wouldn’t leave our kids in a hot car, so consider leaving Fido at home or only bring them along to places that are pet-friendly so they can come along too.
Watch them around the pool
Some of our furry friends are better swimmers than others. Don’t take any chances around pools and other large bodies of water. It’s easy for pets to fall in or bite off more than they can chew during water play, so keep a close eye on them at all times.
Don’t shave them
Dogs and cats can get sunburned just like us, and their fur coats act as a natural sunscreen to block out harmful UV rays. Give them a good groom to help keep them cool, but don’t shave all the fur off to maintain that protective layer.
Follow these tips for a fun and injury-free summer for your sweet pets!