Summer… it’s finally here, after a taunting winter that threatened to never end. The summer promises longer, sunnier days, memories of childhood as we traipse to the ballpark, eat snow cones, and watch fireworks on the Fourth of July.
You’re likely not the only one cheering the arrival of summer. Summertime means more activity, more walks, and more time outdoors for most pets. Unfortunately, summer’s temperatures can prove a threat to many pets, making it important that you keep the following summer safety tips in mind:
Never leave your pets in a hot car. It doesn’t matter if you leave the window open a crack, if you are only going to be gone a few minutes, or if you park in the shade. Never leave your pets in the car alone. Pets can suffer from brain damage, heatstroke, and even death.
Beware of hot pavement. Hot pavement can quickly burn your dog’s paws. Walk in the grass, change your walk time to early morning or late evening when it isn’t quite as hot out, or purchase dog shoes for your dog to protect his feet during the summer.
Be careful where your dog walks. Some people use fertilizers and other lawn chemicals that aren’t safe for pets. Don’t allow your dog to walk in others’ yards.
Make sure your dog has his heartworm meds to protect him from the increase in mosquitos during the summer months.
Provide your pets with plenty of cool, fresh water to keep them hydrated.
Always supervise your dog when you are engaging in summer activities – whether it is swimming, hiking, or camping – to ensure his safety.
Keep your pets indoors during fireworks celebrations. Many pets, and wild animals, are struck with terror at the loud booms and bangs of fireworks, with many who are outdoors running away and ending up in shelters.
Summertime promises lifelong memories that will be made even more special with your pets by your side. Be vigilant with your pets so together you can create more memories next summer.
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