It’s almost summer, which means it’s time to refresh our memory regarding pets summer dangers and the do’s and don’ts. When the weather starts to heat up we need to take action to prevent overheating, dehydration and sunburn. Remember to treat your pets in summer just as you would a human. Provide plenty of water and never leave them in a car.
Again – if we feel hot, so does the pet (maybe even more). After all, they have natural coats on them all the time. It is very important to keep Fido groomed, but not bald, as the layer of hair helps protect the skin from sunburns.
Enjoying the Outdoors
If your dog has gentle skin, use pet sunscreen. Also, it is recommended to brush the fur everyday to keep it clean and free of ticks. You can use sunscreen or insect repellent product for pets to accomplish this.
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Don’t leave pets outside for too long. Supervise them and provide a shaded area where they can hide from the sun. Don’t ever leave your dog or cat outside without fresh, cool water.
So many pets summer dangers can be avoided by having enough water on hand. Whether it’s in your backyard, on the beach, or hiking, you should always have fresh water with you. Use a plastic bottle and travel bowl or pet water bottles that make it easy for pets to drink from directly. Freeze used plastic water bottles and let Fido lick it while outside. At home, add ice cubes to the water. Most dogs love it.
Traveling by Car
As stated above, do not leave your pet (or child) in a parked car – not even for a short time. The temperature in the car, even if the windows are open, can climb to dangerous levels in a very short time. The heat can lead to dehydration and even death.
The Daily Walk
Do not skip the daily walk; instead, do it early in the morning or later in the day after the hot hours have passed. At the same time, do not over-exercise the pet when it’s too hot outside.
Again, fresh cold water must always be in reach and you should provide a shaded cool area. Also, beware of hot asphalt that will burn puppy’s paws. If it is an outdoor dog, all the above are a must! When the temperature is very high, think about bringing him into the AC to avoid pets summer dangers altogether.
Playing in the hot weather could include a big “dog pool” made of a hard plastic container that’s big and deep enough to cool off your pet’s body while playing. You can also use the garden hose to play with your pet while cooling him off.
Remember that there are plants in your backyard that are not safe for dogs. Many lawn fertilizers and weed control products could be toxic.
In the Home
When you leave home and the weather is very hot, you can put a cooling pad in your pet’s crate or as a bed right on the floor. The pad is self-cooling, meaning that no electricity is involved and it’s safe to leave it unattended while you’re not home. Another option is to simply have a fan in the crate.
Also, try giving your pooch a frozen water bottle or some frozen chicken soup – they would definitely enjoy licking these items.
To sum it up – pets summer dangers can be avoided by understanding that dogs (and cats) suffer from heat just like humans. Water, shade and a cool spot to rest will help them enjoy summer in a safe way.