Summer is in full swing and the last thing a good pet owner wants to do is put their furry friends in harms way. High temperatures mean more risks for your pal such as more injuries, skin and ear infections, bug bites and a possibility of heat stroke. Follow these pet safety tips to make sure your pet is healthy in these hot summer months!

1. Know the Signs of Heat Stroke

dog panting

Pete Beard/ Flickr

     First things first, you have to know that signs of a heat stroke in animals. A dog’s internal body temperature is 99.5-102,5 degrees Fahrenheit according to American Kennel Club.

These are some of the signs that your dog or cat is having a heat stroke:
• Panting
• Dehydration
• Excessive drooling
• Increased body temperature (over 103 degrees Fahrenheit)
• Vomiting
• Reddened gums
• Rapid heart rate/ Irregular heart beats
• Muscle tremors
• Wobbly, uncoordinated movements
(according to Petmd)

To prevent your pet from having a heat stoke do not keep them in the sun for long periods of time, give them water, and let them rest when needed. If you fear that your animal maybe having a heat stroke contact your vet immediately.

2. Give Your Pet Plenty of Water and Shade

dog drinking out of water bottleMatanVizel/ Pixabay

Symptoms of dehydration in dogs according to American Kennel Club
• Loss of skin elasticity
• Loss of appetite
• Vomiting with or without diarrhea
• Reduced energy levels and lethargy
• Panting
• Sunken, dry-looking eyes
• Dry nose
• Dry, sticky gums
• Thick saliva

     During the summer months everyone loves to take their pets on fun adventures such as hiking, going to the beach, or playing in the park. To easily keep your pet hydrated consider buying a portable water bottle for dogs here.

3. NEVER leave your pet in the car

pet in hot carArtfulScrapper/ Pixabay

You should never leave your pet in a locked car (no matter the season). But, leaving your pet in a hot car in the summer can become deadly. The heat can cause organ damage and death. If you know that you have to run errands, make sure to leave your pet at home or bring someone to sit in the air-conditioned car with your pet.

You can help if you see an animal locked in a car! First, make sure to take down the cars make, model, license plate number, and color. Then go to stores in the parking lot so they can make announcements to try to find the owner. If you can’t locate the owner call the non-emergency line for your local police or animal control. Lastly, wait until the police/ animal control comes to make sure the animal is safe.

4. Sunscreen (for your pet, not just you)

Peter Hickson/ Flickr

Your pet can get sunburn just like you. To protect your dog or cat from the harmful effects of the sun make sure to put sunscreen on the parts of their body that their skin is most exposed such as the stomach, paws, ears, and nose. Zinc Oxide (a main ingredient in human sunscreen) is very toxic for dogs and salicylate (another common ingredient in sunscreen) is toxic for cats (vetstreet.com). Make sure to talk to your vet for recommendations for pet safe sunscreen such as this one.

5. Walking and outside play time

cat in sunshineErik Harstrom/ Flickr

To keep your furry friends safe from dehydration, heat stroke, or sunburn avoid being in the sun for long periods of time between 10am-2pm. This is the hottest point of the day. Time your walks and play time outside early in the morning or late afternoon/ evening.

6. Keep those cute paws cool

white dog in shoesRuss Allison Loar/ Flickr

On hot days in the summer taking walks can cause a lot of pain for your pup. The hot ground can burn your dog’s perfect little paws. To prevent your dog from getting hurt and to keep your dog’s paws cool get a pair of dog shoes here!

7. No bugs and ticks here

orange cat in grasscroisy/ Pixabay

     Preventing fleas and ticks is a huge worry for most pet owners. Not only do they infest your house, but they can make your dog and cats life very uncomfortable. Take a look at the best-selling flea and tick medicine for cats or for dogs. There is also insect repellent clothes for your pup here for extra protection. Always make sure to talk to your vet about the right flea and tick medicine for your pet before purchasing.

8. Strap on a life vest

dog on boatKromdahl/ Pixabay

You are familiar with the phrase “doggy paddle”, well contrary to popular belief,  not all dogs can paddle very well. That is why you should put a life vest on your dog (or cat) whenever they are in or near water. The currents from the river, lake or ocean could easily pull your dog away. If they are in a pool, they may not be able to get out. There are so many options out there, you could get a plain one like this bright orange one or you could turn your dog into an adorable shark! No matter which one you choose, keep your pets safe and always put a well-fitting life vest on them.

Now that you know these helpful tips you are ready to have a fun and safe summer with your best friend!

By: L. DiBartolomeo July 16, 2019


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