Summer is finally here! That means fun in the sun for you and your pets. While enjoying this beautiful, summer weather keep in mind these safety tips to keep your pets happy and healthy.
- Keep your pet hydrated:
o Always provide fresh water for your pets. Make sure to check the water frequently to make sure your pet doesn’t run out. Change the water frequently to ensure freshness and wash your pet’s water bowl regularly.
o When your take your pet out always make sure to carry fresh water with you and offer it to your pet frequently.
o Dehydration occurs with reduced water intake which is why it is important to offer water to your pet frequently. It also occurs with increased fluid loss which can be caused by overheating in warm weather.
- Avoid exercising in extreme temperatures:
o Exercise your pet outside early in the morning or later in the evening when temperatures and humidity are lower. Another alternative is exercising your pet indoors.
o If you do decide to take your pet out for exercise, walk don’t run and keep routes shorter than normal. Monitor your pet during your walk for signs of fatigue, make frequent stops and offer fresh water.
o Short nosed or brachycephalic dogs should remain indoors during warm weather as much as possible.
o Before walking your pet on pavement check the temperature with the back of your hand. If it is uncomfortably hot to your hand then it is too hot for your pet’s paws.
- Water Safety:
o Before taking your pet out on your boat, to the pool or to the beach make sure they have a properly fitting pet flotation device.
o If you and your pet are headed to the beach, be mindful of the temperature of the sand. Make sure to check the sand the same way that you would check to see if pavement is too hot for your pet’s paw pads.
o Don’t allow your pet to swallow salt water, this can cause irritation to their digestive system. Make sure to provide them with plenty of fresh water.
o Once your pet is done swimming rinse them well with clean fresh water to help clean their skin and coat.
- Helping your pet deal with thunderstorms and fireworks:
o Don’t ignore your pet’s anxiety when it comes to loud, booming noises caused by thunderstorms and fireworks. Their anxiety can often get worse as storms become more frequent during the summertime months.
o Talk to your veterinarian about different methods to help relieve your pet’s anxiety.
o Make sure to inform all your pet’s caregivers about their anxiety and how to help your pet get through a storm, should one happen while you are away.
- Maintain preventatives:
o Continue to maintain your pet’s flea/tick and heart worm preventatives. Preventative care is important all year round in our mild climate.
If you have any questions or concerns about summertime pet safety for your pet, please call to set up an appointment today!