Summer may be halfway over, but chances are you and your pet are still busy enjoying the warm weather. But did you know that too much fun in the sun can be a serious threat to your four-legged pal if you aren’t careful?
Read on to learn more about the potential health hazards to your pet in the summer months and discover tips for keeping your pet cool and safe.
Keep Pets Cool and Hydrated
Dehydration and heatstroke are two of the most common summer dangers our pets face. As pet parents, it’s up to us to protect our furry loved ones from the potentially devastating effects of heat-related illness.
The number one way you can keep your pet from overheating? Don’t ever leave him or her inside a parked car, even for a moment. Temperatures in parked cars can skyrocket in minutes and your pet could easily succumb to the effects of heatstroke, which include organ failure and death.
Other ways you can keep your pet cool this summer include…
- Providing unlimited access to shade and to cool, fresh drinking water
- Limiting outdoor physical activity to morning and evening hours
- Allowing your dog or cat to spend the hottest days inside with the A/C or fans to circulate the air
- Brushing your pet often to get rid of excess hair and increase airflow to the skin
- Having some fun! Set up the sprinkler or wading pool for your dog to splash in (and you if you’re so inclined!)
Protecting Pet Paws
What’s better than a brisk walk through the neighborhood or along the beach with man’s best friend? Asphalt, sand and even dirt can rise to scalding temperatures in the heat of the day, so protecting your pooch’s paw pads is of the utmost importance during the summer.
- Take off your shoe and test the surface you’re about to walk on with your dog. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pet!
- Walk your dog or visit the beach in the morning or evening hours, when temps are cooler
- Grass doesn’t heat up like hard surfaces do, so take Fido for a stroll through a grassy park or wooded area whenever possible
- Be observant – broken glass, plastic, fishing lures and other debris can seriously injure your dog’s paws. Keep your pup away from trash!
Don’t forget about parasites! Fleas, ticks and mosquitos are at their worst when the weather heats up and can transmit disease to people and humans. Make sure your dog or cat is up-to-date on his or her vaccines and parasite preventatives.
The health and safety of your pet is our top priority. Don’t hesitate to call us with questions or concerns. From all of us at Pet Medical Center Chatoak, we wish you a safe and happy summer!