10 Tips to Keep your Pets Safe this Summer!

No matter what kind of pet shares your home, here are some quick summertime dangers!

1.) Warmer weather means open doors. Make sure to keep close tabs on your pet during seasons when the doors and windows may be left open, and at times when  as people are constantly in and out of your home. Despite your best intentions, dogs, cats, and birds may get loose and wander away. The 4th of July is the most popular day of the year for pets to run away, mostly due to the loud sounds that frighten animals, especially if they are left unattended outdoors.

2.) Keep coolants and other hazardous material away from pets. The sweet taste of coolant may cause your pet to take a potentially fatal drink. Keep fertilizer, herbicides, and insecticides out of the reach of your pets.

3.) Beware of pretty plants & picnic tables. Flowers such as tulips or daffodils are dangerous for your dog. And watch out for that picnic table too, as grapes, onions, or guacamole could cause severe illness or death. When grilling, make sure the smoke is not blowing into open windows where pets may be in cages or resting near the window sill.

4.) Watch their paws. Cement, black top, and sand can reach dangerous temperatures from early spring into late fall causing severe burns to your pets paws. A good rule of thumb; if a surface is too hot for you to walk barefoot on, it’s too hot for your pet. Walk your dog early in the morning or late in the evening to avoid burns.

5.) Animals get sunburn too! Check with your vet about the best way to protect your pet. Keep your pet indoors during the heat of the day, and when outdoors make sure there is plenty of shade, water, and a cool place for them to lay. A pet pillow in a shaded area works best.

6.) Never, leave your pet in a vehicle. Vehicles can become extremely hot, even when the temperature outside is cool. Heatstroke can kill a dog within 15 minutes. It is never advisable to keep your pet in a vehicle when you are running errands; they are best left at home. Signs of heatstroke include heavy panting, disorientation or increased heart rates. If you believe your animal is suffering from heatstroke, get them out of the sun, offer water, and apply a cool towel over your pet. Do not immerse in ice as this could restrict their blood vessels making it harder to cool down. Then bring your pet to a veterinarian.

7.) Keep fresh, cool water available at all times. Replace water often and make sure you provide cool places indoors for your pets get out of the sun. For birds, make sure your bird’s cage is not directly under an air conditioner or in front of a fan. And make sure to turn off ceiling fans if your bird will be out of their cage to avoid injury.

8.) Good grooming can help keep your pet cool. However, you want to avoid buzz cuts as pets do get sunburn. Brush often in summer to keep them tangle free.

9.) Never leave your pet near an unattended pool. Even if your pet can swim, it is best to secure your pool when you are not around to avoid drowning. Some pets who are used to being in the water may jump in when you are not nearby.

10.) Visit your vet. Make sure your pet is treated against fleas, heartworm and ticks or other parasites as recommended.



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