Sometimes your pets need more than to be fed and given water. Sometimes they need much more when it gets hot. There are things pet owners need to know about summer pet safety. Here is a list of some helpful hints.
- Never leave your dog unattended in a closed car. In hot weather, a car can reach 120 degrees in mere minutes.
- When you are outside with your animals keep them on a leash. This prevents them from fighting with other animals and eating and drinking things that could make them ill or even poison them. Coolant, for example, is one thing you often find puddled in the streets during the summer and can kill your animals should they drink it.
- Make sure your animals always have water. Prevent dehydration.
- Veterinarians agree that pets can actually get sunburned. Experts suggest you keep your animals out of prolonged, direct sunlight between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p. m. If you must have your pets out during these hours, apply sunblock on specific parts of your animal such as the tips of the ears, the skin around the lips, and even the tip of the nose.
- If you have a long-haired dog, keep your pet groomed. Thick, long hair tends to hold the heat. You might even want to have your pet clipped.
- Don’t let your pet get overly active on humid days. Humidity hampers the way that animals rid themselves of extra body heat.
- Taking precautions such as these will hopefully prevent more serious conditions such as heat-stroke. Should your pet still somehow get heat-stroke, cover the animal with wet towels and call your veterinarian immediately.
Protect your pets from summer parasites. Purchase preventative products and consult your veterinarian regarding appropriate testing. Monitor your pets at least as well as you would your children!