Summer Safety Tips
During the summer months when it starts to get hotter and hotter outside, it is important to consider your four legged friends and their safety! Here are our 5 top tips for summer safety and how to beat the heat.
Make sure your pets have access to fresh water. They can easily get dehydrated, especially during the summer months. If they are outside, make sure they not only have access to shade but leave a water bowl out for them too. If you are going to the park or on a walk, don’t forget to bring some water for yourself and your pets! Hydration is key.
It is possible for pets to overheat in the summer, so you should be able to identify the symptoms. Some symptoms of overheating can include: excessive panting or drooling and trouble breathing.
If you do notice your pet overheating, be sure to take them to a cooler area as soon as possible. Try to wet them down with a cool cloth and give them cool water. Be careful not to give them anything too cold, as this could be dangerous. You can avoid overheating in your pets by saving any vigorous activity for mornings or evenings when it is cooler outside
Before You Walk the Walk
Check the sidewalk! If you are taking your pets on walks, we recommend this tip to make sure sidewalks are not too hot. If you place the back of your hand on a sidewalk and cannot hold it there for 5 seconds, it is too hot for your four legged friends. Try walking them in the morning or at night instead of midday, for a more enjoyable experience for you both!
It’s important to keep your pets groomed all year long, and depending on their breed this typically can be anywhere from 4-6 weeks. However, in the summer this is especially important for dogs who have longer or thicker hair to help keep them cool.
The Not so Great Outdoors
Be mindful that harmful bacteria and algae can live in lakes or ponds. These can be deadly to your pet if ingested. Pets may try drinking the infected water or lick their fur after swimming. Try to avoid water that has visible algae on top. Always rinse your pet after every swim! Summer is also a dangerous time for ticks. We recommend not allowing your dog to go near woods unless they have been treated. If you do find a tick on your pet, remove it immediately, then clean and dry the area.