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Safe Summer For Pets

Posted On: 07/18/2016

Our pets love summer just as much as we do! For many, it’s the best time of year to be out, about and enjoying all that the season has to offer.


While there is certainly nothing wrong with taking your pet out for picnics, hikes, swimming, or running, keep in mind that warm weather can be dangerous. It’s hard for pets to keep cool when the sun is beating down, and animals don’t sweat like people do. Dogs do sweat, but not very much, and it does little to cool them off. As you probably know, dogs more commonly cool themselves down through panting. When there is only hot air for a dog to breathe, it’s a lot harder for that dog to keep cool.


Here are few tips to keep in mind while enjoying summer activities with your pet:

  • Never leave your pets in a hot car. It takes minutes for a pet to develop heat stroke and suffocate in a car. Try to leave your dog home on warm days. If you’re driving around with your dog in the car, bring water and a water dish and take your dog with you when you leave the car.
  • Make sure your pet is protected from parasites like fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes.
  • Keep your dog's paws cool -When the sun is cooking, surfaces like asphalt or metal can get really hot! Try to keep your pet off of hot aspha< not only can it burn paws, but it can also increase body temperature and lead to overheating.
  • Your dog should always have access to fresh drinking water and shade. Our dogs get much thirstier than we do when they get hot and other than panting and drinking, they really have no way to cool themselves down. Keep your pet in the shade as often as possible. While dogs and cats like to sunbathe, direct sunlight can overheat them (especially dogs) and cause heat stroke.
  • Give your dog his very own "kiddy pool” - Dogs who love the water, naturally love it even more during the hot months, and getting wet keeps them cool. Providing a small, kid-sized pool will go over big.If there’s no fence, keep your dog on a leash - Summertime means all sorts of exciting sights, scents, critters running around, and new and exciting places to explore. You never want to lose your dog because he became distracted in an unfamiliar environment. And remember, not every dog is meant to be off-leash; some dogs just can never be fully trusted to come when called. Make sure you understand your dog’s tendencies and err on the side of being overly-cautious
  • Dogs get sunburns too - Believe it or not, dogs can sunburn, especially those with short or light-colored coats. And just like with people, sunburns can be painful for a dog and overexposure to the sun can lead to skin cancer. Talk to your veterinarian about sunscreens for your dog.

Summer pet safety isn't hard, it just requires some thought and attention. Watch over your pet the way you would a small child—protect them from too much heat, the sun, and other summer dangers—and everything should be just fine.