People can be very conscientious about summer safety. They protect their children with sunblock, don sunglasses to protect their eyes, and think twice before going anywhere without water at hand. Too often, however, people forget how the high temperatures of summer can affect their pets. Cats and dogs need protection during the summer as well as the rest of the family.
Tip One: Visit Your Veterinarian
A quick check-up before you jump into summer fun is a must. At this check-up, you can discuss heartworm testing, summer parasites, the dangers of ticks, and fleas. The vet may recommend protection such as shampoos, sprays, sunblock, and more.
Tip Two: Never Leave Your Pets in the Car
This should go without saying. It takes very little time for your cherished pet to succumb to extreme heat of a car in the summer. In some states it is illegal to leave your pets in the car. Never, ever leave your pet in the car.
Tip Three: Provide Plenty of Shade and Water
Cats and dogs can suffer from heat stroke when left outside during hot days. A cool, shady spot in the yard with plenty of fresh water will keep your pets well hydrated. Avoid over-exercising your dog. Choose to walk him during cooler hours of the day.
Tip Four: Watch Out for Hot Surfaces
Hot surfaces like the sidewalk, street, sand, and patio can burn the sensitive pads on your dog’s feet. One recommendation is to place your hand on the surface and hold it there for 30 seconds. If it becomes uncomfortable or painful for you, then it will hurt your dog as well. Stick to the grass or walk when it is cooler outside.
Tip Five: Remember That Summer Temperatures Feel Even Hotter for Your Pets than for You
Inside their fur coats, cats and dogs can become sick if they don’t have a place to cool off. If you leave them home during the day, provide a cool area for them to relax or hang out until you get home.
If your pet enjoys the breeze through an open window, take precautions to keep the screen in place. Vets see an increase in injuries due to pets, especially cats, falling out of windows.
Tip Six: It’s Time for a Hair Cut
Some dogs with long coats can feel a bit cooler when they are groomed before the heat rises. However, some dogs have special layers of fur to protect them from the heat. Discuss grooming with your vet. Additional brushing for both cats and dogs can also help. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen to your dog’s skin before you head outside.
Summer can be an enjoyable time of year for everyone in the family when basic principles of summer safety are followed. Talk to the professionals at Pet Medical Center to learn more about the risks of summer. Protect your pet by scheduling an appointment.