With summertime here and in the midst of hot weather, it’s important to think about our pet’s safety. Things that effect our pets can sometimes not affect us, so it can be easy to forget about protecting our animals. Little things that can go unnoticed to humans can be dangerous for animals, so it’s important to be informed on any danger possible.
Watch What They Get Fed
If you’re having a cookout or friends over, always be on the lookout for someone offering your animal people food. Many people think it’s a treat, while in reality it can make your dog very sick. Leave treats out for anyone that wants to play or reward the dog to ensure they won’t get sick.
Supervise Them in Water
Whether you’re at the pool or on the lake, always keep an eye out for your animal. It is very easy for dogs to get exhausted, and struggle to keep afloat. Treat your animal like a child, and never leave them unattended. Until your animal is a proven swimmer, it might even be a good idea to give them a special animal life jacket, especially out at sea.
Temperatures on the ground can exceed 145F, but we wear shoes so it’s not a problem for us. However, dog’s paws are in serious danger during these temperatures. You should place your hand or bare foot on the ground for a minimum of 10 seconds to feel if it’s a comfortable temperature. Plan your walks for early morning or late evenings to avoid the heat at its peak. In the event of it being too hot, it’s a good idea to purchase a pair of booties to comfortably walk your dog.
This should be an obvious one, but many people seem to forget, ALWAYS LEAVE YOUR ANIMAL WITH WATER. Dehydration and heat stroke can sneak up on animals, so it’s important to always provide your animal with clean, fresh water. When going on walks, bring water bottles with you just for your dog. Some signs of dehydration in your dog is sunken eyes, dry gums and loss of energy. If you think your animal has these symptoms, contact your vet.
Never under any circumstances leave your animal locked in the car. The temperature of a car rises 40F in an hour, with 80% of the increase coming within the first 30 minutes. Opening windows has almost no impact on the temperature rise. If you see a dog stuck inside of a car on a hot day, please alert the authorities.
Sometimes pet owners can forget about grooming your animal, but during the summer months it’s a necessity. Animals are more active in the nice weather, but so are insects. Ticks and fleas can very easily latch on to your animal, so it’s important to brush and inspect them. Trimming your animal’s fur is a good way to deter against the heat, but be sure to leave at least an inch to protect their skin from the sun.