Summer is fun for everyone, including your pets. While the temperature increases, so does the number of hazards to your pets. To keep them safe and cool this summer, here’s a few tips!
Check for ticks daily.
Summertime is the peak of the season for fleas and ticks. These nasty buddies can cause your pet irritation and even Lyme disease. Always make sure to check your pet’s fur when they come inside from playtime. Some common areas for ticks to latch onto are around the ears and in the arm pits. If you find a tick, don’t panic. Head over to the ASPAC’s guide on how to remove a tick, and follow the instructions for proper tick removal. You can also take precautionary measures, such as a flea collar or a topical ointment from your vet.
Be aware of dehydration and heatstroke.
While these two conditions are extremely preventable, they can be deadly to your pet. To ensure your pet stays hydrated, always keep fresh water available for them when they are in the heat and after they come inside. If you go on a walk or a road trip, keep a water bottle and bowl in your bag for a quick water break. It is important if you have a pet with that is short-nosed, has dark fur, is overweight, or has a thick coat, that they drink water and get plenty of shade. Some symptoms to watch out for are:
- Decreased urination
- Dry gums
- Loss of appetite
- Decreased skin elasticity (You can test this by pulling your pets skin up to make a tent. If the skin is slow to snap back, this could mean your pet is dehydrated.)
A fun way to keep your pet hydrated and cool are pet popsicles. Here are some quick and easy recipes from The Dogington Post!
Be careful around pools and other bodies of water.
Despite the name, not all dog know how to doggie paddle. Some dogs do not like water, and smaller breeds such as pugs may have trouble swimming. If you are unsure of your dog’s ability to swim, let them explore shallow water before going to water where they can’t stand. Never try to force your pet into the water, and always keep an eye on them if you’re on a boat so they don’t jump overboard.
It is important to rinse your pet off after they swim, whether it’s in a pool or a river. Chlorine in pools and bacteria in oceans, rivers, and lakes can be harmful to your pet. Also, make sure your pet does not drink water from where they are swimming as it can cause an upset stomach and other issues.
Never leave your pet in the car.
Leaving your pet in the car can be extremely unsafe during the summer. Even with the windows cracked and a breeze blowing, car temperatures quickly increase above the outside temperature. Always bring your pet inside with you, even if you will only be 5 minutes.
Check the temperature of the ground before walking your pet.
By taking your shoe off or using your hand to feel the pavement, you should be able to tell if the ground is too hot for your pet to be walking on. While dog shoes do exist, many dogs don’t like them. Try walking in shaded areas or on short grass to avoid burning your pet’s paws. Avoiding peak sun hours can also help avoid this problem.
Stay mindful during barbecues.
When throwing your family cookout, be aware of the food you feed to your pets. Table scraps should be limited to 10% of your pet’s diet. While boneless chicken, hamburgers, and hot dogs are okay to feed to your pet, here are a few things you should avoid: corn on the cob, fruits with pits, food with bones, food with skewers or toothpicks, ice cream, and barbecue sauce. If you are unsure if you can give something to your pet, always research first.
These 6 tips will help keep your pet’s summer hazard-free. For more information, visit https://www.care.com/c/stories/6266/9-summer-dangers-for-pets/.