With summer just around the corner, we’re looking forward to more time outside in the sun. You and your furry friend will be excited for this, but always be cautious. Higher temperatures mean higher risk of sun related injuries. Being aware of the risks and always take the proper precautions in order to keep both you and your pet safe while enjoying the outdoors this summer.
Here are six tips to keep in mind:
Hydration is key!
Providing your pet with plenty of water during the summer should always be priority number one. The possibility of dehydration in dogs and other pets during the summer rises exponentially due to increased exposure and higher temperatures. Signs of dehydration can include dry gums, excessive drooling, and heavy panting, so keep an eye out for these. To keep this from happening, make sure your pet always has access to fresh, cool water at home and if you go out with your friend, be sure to bring a bottle of water for them too!
Don’t shave your pet!
When the temperatures begin to rise, you might think that shaving your dog could be best for them. However, this could be dangerous! Your pet’s coat is naturally designed to keep him/her cool during the summer and warm in the winter. A trim of the hair is fine and can be helpful, but never shave below a full inch. This will help keep your pet from getting sunburnt. Grooming your pet can be enough during the summer. If your pet’s hair does get a little too short, don’t be afraid to apply sunscreen! The summertime also comes with other obstacles such as mosquitos. Keeping your pet’s hair at least an inch long will help keep these annoying bugs from getting to your pet’s skin!
Never leave your pet in the car!
This may be self-explanatory now, but is still extremely important to emphasize. Keeping your pet in the car while running errands should NEVER be done, even if it’s a quick trip. The inside of your car can get upwards of 20 degrees higher than the outside temperature in just a few minutes! Cracking windows and parking in the shade is not enough to prevent your pet from being at risk of a fatal heat stroke. In many states, leaving an animal unattended in car is prohibited and authorities are authorized to break the vehicle’s window in order to save the animal. To prevent all of this from happening, leave your pet at home or with a trusted friend!
Be aware of when and where you walk!
With the lovely summer weather calling you, you may be more inclined to take your pet on a walk this season. This is completely fine, but be mindful of when and where you walk. The middle of the day is the hottest so try to avoid going on walks then. If you have no other choice, be sure to take breaks in the shade and bring along water for both you and your pet. Consider also bringing a spray bottle to spray your pet’s feet and stomach with. Knowing where to walk is also very important. We have the luxury of being able to wear shoes, thus keeping our feet from directly touching the ground. Our pets don’t have the same luxury (unless they have their own shoes of course). Pets heat and cool from the bottom up, so keeping them off of very hot surfaces will keep them from getting too hot. Things such as cement and asphalt will be extremely hot during the summer, so try to avoid these surfaces. These materials can cause them to overheat and can cause their paws to become burnt and injured. Good areas to walk would be grassy areas or trails with shade.
Protect your pets from parasites!
Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other parasites come out in abundance during summertime. These little things carry tapeworms, heartworms, and diseases such as Lyme that can seriously affect your pet. With this said, it is important to ask your vet for appropriate medical prescriptions and precautions to take in order to keep our furry friends safe and pest-free.
The Fourth of July: Not for pets!
Independence Day is one of the most-anticipated days of the summer. This holiday brings together friends and family, but it may not be the best for pets. Loud noises and bright lights fireworks or parties can scare pets to the point damaging your home and potentially hurting themselves, or even running away. We don’t ever want to lose our pets, so keeping them away from fireworks is a must during the Fourth. If you cannot avoid them, find a quiet, escape-proof room in the house where you can keep your pet safe. If you are going to be setting off your own fireworks, be sure to clear your yard of any leftover debris, as the chemicals inside of fireworks can poison your pet if eaten.
How to further keep your pets safe:
With these six tips, you can keep your pet safe during the summer. However, there are always unforeseen events that can occur. Here at Pet Notify, we can help reduce the stress that comes with these events. With products such as the Intellitag, your pet will be safer than ever. A pet with an Intellitag can be returned swiftly to their owner as it is able to easily initiate contact between the pet finder and the pet owner.
A subscription to Pet Notify will also bring other perks to benefit your summer experience with your pet. Pet Vault is a centralized storage space that can keep information about health records, insurance, and Intellitag pet instructions. This would be the perfect place to keep information about parasite protection. Pet Alarms is another perk received with a Pet Notify subscription. If you are not around, Pet Alarms can notify your trusted contacts to provide help to your pet. This can be very important on a hot day! Lastly, Tasks comes with a Pet Notify subscription. Creating a task, setting a date, and assigning it to yourself or another person has never been easier. These tasks can help remind you or another to refill a water bowl, groom your pet, or go for that walk during the cooler hours of the day.
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