With warmer temperatures outside, you’ll likely want to get outdoors and play with your pets. But did you know that the dog days of summer can put your pets in a furry situation?
As the sun beats down this summer, make sure you keep your pet safe from the elements. Here are 9 tips to keep your pet safe this summer:
Water and shade
Playtime can be dangerous without plenty of water and shade when it is hot outdoors. It is important to remember that your pets are thirstier than you are. When they play out in the heat, they will need more water to avoid dehydration. If your pets have dry gums or become excessively drooly, they may be dehydrated.
Having a shady spot also will help your pet stay more comfortable in the sun. While your pets love to sunbathe, too much direct sunlight can cause heatstroke and dehydration.
Did you know that your pet can also suffer from heatstroke? You probably already know that dogs and cats do not sweat, so instead, they drink water and pant to bring down their body temperature. If their temperature stays too high, they will suffer from heatstroke. It is important to watch for the signs so that you can get your pet help.
Signs of heatstroke:
Dry or bright red gums
If your pet shows these signs, move your pet to a cool place and give them water. You can also put a damp towel on their body to help cool them off while you call your vet. Just don’t put your pet in cold water, that could lead to shock.
Be mindful of the temperature of the roads and concrete when walking your dog during summer months. They can get really hot and burn your dog’s paws. A great way to check if the roads are too hot is to put the back of your hand on the cement. If it is too hot for you, it is too hot for them. If you would like to go on summer walks without burn fears, consider getting your pup some shoes.
Dogs love to swim and keep cool in the water. If you plan to take your pet to the pool, lake, or ocean this summer, consider getting them a life vest. Even the best swimmers can struggle with getting out of the water or currents. Think safety first when it comes to water time.
Safely keep bugs away
Rain and heat are great for things we hate, bugs. There is always the fight against fleas and ticks, but other summer bugs can carry diseases. Make sure you treat your pets against fleas and ticks; we recommend using a Seresto flea and tick collar or using a heartworm pill that also controls fleas and ticks like Sentinel, but always check with your vet before starting any new treatment.
Also, be cautious when using pesticides and fertilizer on your lawn. There are chemicals in some of these products that can be toxic to your pets. Keep your lawn in pet play areas cut short to help keep bugs at bay. If you have to use pesticides, find ones that are safer for pets.
Never leave your pet in the car
Your dog probably jumps around excited when you mention a car ride. While it is fun to take your pet with you on the go, never leave them in the car. Even 70 degrees outdoors can be dangerous for your pet. Your car can heat up to 90 degrees in 10 minutes. If you have to leave your pet in the car, cracking the window isn’t enough. Leave the air conditioner on and blowing to keep them safe.
When cars run and heat up during the summer, they can leak antifreeze and leave puddles in driveways and on the street. If you take your pets out for walks during the summer months or even trips around town, make sure you keep your pet away from the puddles. Antifreeze is toxic and potentially deadly for pets.
You put sunscreen on yourself to protect against the sun, but did you know that some dogs need sunscreen too? Often, dogs with short hair and pink skin are susceptible to sunburn. Check with your vet to see if your dog needs extra protection and how to apply it safely.
Beach dreaming and travel can keep you away from your pet this summer. When it comes to pet care, make sure you hire someone you can trust to watch them while you’re away. LifeSquire offers pet and house sitting to make your overnight stays a breeze. Contact us for more information .
Post written by Deaven Cavnar, Content Marketing Manager