Summer Safety Tips for Your Pets

Posted On: 06-19-2018

Are you and your pet enjoying summer?  Are you spending a lot of time outside?  While it nice to enjoy the warm weather with your pet outdoors, proper precautions are key to keeping your pet safe in the heat.  Here are a few tips from America’s Family Pet Expo:

  • Stay in the shade.  The hot sun may make for a good tan, but as with humans, can cause dehydration and skin burns.  Also, the hot ground can hurt your pet’s paws.
  • Know the limit.  Be wary of over-exercising your pet, especially when it is extremely hot.  Signs of overheating include:excessive panting, difficulty breathing, increased heart  rate, increased respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, and stupor.  Some cases even include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.   Some pets are more susceptible to heat stroke, so do a little research to know what your pet can handle.
  • Stay hydrated.  Make sure your pet has plenty of fresh, clean water to drink.
  • No parking.  Never leave your pet alone in a parked vehicle.  The temperature in a parked car rises very quickly and can be fatal.
  • Get groomed. Trimming down that hair in the summer months can be a lot cooler for your dog, but never shave it.  The fur protects it from overheating and sunburn.  For your cat, brushing it more often can help prevent overheating.
  • Lather up.  Pets can get sunburn too. If you plan to be out in the sun during peak  hours (10 a.m. – 4 p.m.), put a little sunscreen (made specifically for pets) on unprotected areas like the tips of the ears, the tip of the nose, and the skin around the lips.

Summer in the sun is so much fun (especially in Southern California), so enjoy the warmth and enjoy the time with your pet!

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