Summer Safety Tips for Pets

Summer can be a great time to have fun with your furry friend, but it's important to keep to take precautions on hotter days.  Dogs are susceptible to heatstroke, dehydration, heatstroke, burnt paws, sunburn and other heat-related illnesses.

Sometimes we need a little reminder as we move into warmer months.  Here are some reminders to keep your furry friend safe during hot weather:

  • Hydration: Make sure your pets have access to plenty of fresh, clean water at all times, especially during hot weather. This is crucial to prevent dehydration.

  • Shade: Pets need a cool place to rest during the hot summer months, so make sure they have access to shade, whether it's a tree or a covered patio.

  • Avoid Heatstroke: Don't leave your pet in a hot car, even for a short period of time, as it can quickly lead to heatstroke. Also, avoid taking your pets on walks during the hottest part of the day.

  • According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, on a warm day (around 70 degrees Fahrenheit), the temperature inside a car can rise to 89 degrees Fahrenheit within 10 minutes and to 104 degrees Fahrenheit within 30 minutes. On a hot day (around 90 degrees Fahrenheit), the temperature inside a car can rise to 109 degrees Fahrenheit within 10 minutes and to 124 degrees Fahrenheit within 30 minutes.

  • Sunscreen: If your pet has a thin coat or light skin, they are susceptible to sunburn, just like humans. Use a pet-specific sunscreen to protect their skin from harmful UV rays.

  • Water safety: If you have a pool, make sure your pet knows how to swim and can easily get out of the pool. Never leave your pet unattended near the water.

  • Avoid hot surfaces: Asphalt and concrete can get very hot in the summer, which can burn your pet's paw pads. Dog boots can be a great way to protect your dog's paws from the heat during the summer months, or walk your pet in grassy areas or during cooler times of the day.

  • Insect protection: Make sure your pets are protected from fleas, ticks, and other insects that can be prevalent during the summer months. Use a pet-specific insect repellent or talk to your veterinarian about other options.

  • By following these tips, you can help ensure that your furry friends stay safe and healthy during the summer months.

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