May 15, 2024 | By, For Pet's Sake

Summer pet safety: Important tips to keep your pet safe, shaded, and hydrated

Summer is approaching, and although your pets’ desire to roam outdoors may remain unchanged, it is crucial to understand the dangers excessive heat can pose to their health and well-being. Extreme temperatures, humidity, and unattended swimming pools are just a few of the hazards to be mindful of to prevent summer-related accidents and illnesses.

From identifying warning signs of heat stroke to simple tricks for keeping your pet hydrated and healthy throughout the summer, here are 9 pet summer safety tips for a fun and safe sunshine season for both you and your favorite furry friend!

9 summer pet safety tips

1. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate: Make sure your pets have access to water at all times, especially before and after walks and outdoor activities. Keep extra water handy during walks and car rides.

2. Never leave pets in an unattended car: Even with cracked windows, the inside of a car can become dangerously hot for pets—and sadly, many pets die from overheated cars each year. Never leave pets alone in a car, even for a short time.

3. Monitor pets around pools and water: Whether or not your pet can swim, always supervise them around pools, lakes, and beaches, especially puppies and older dogs. For dogs that cannot swim, purchase a pet life jacket so they too can join in on the water festivities!

4. Minimize walks on hot surfaces: Avoid walking your pets on hot pavements and sidewalks during the day and instead opt for morning or evening walks when temperatures are cooler. You can also buy pet socks or shoes to protect against burns.

5. Be mindful of humidity: Humid climates can make it harder for pets to cool down and can be even riskier than hotter, dryer climates. Keep pets, especially those with longer fur, indoors on humid days to prevent overheating.

6. Bring backyard pets indoors: During extreme temperatures, bring outdoor pets inside. If your backyard lacks shade, arrange for someone to check on your pet regularly if alone for long periods of time.

7. Maintain appropriate fur length: Trim your pet’s fur to prevent overheating, but avoid excessive grooming that could lead to sunburn. Consult with your vet or groomer if you’re unsure of how much hair to clip.

8. Recognize signs of heat stroke: Familiarize yourself with the signs of heat stroke, including excessive panting, difficulty breathing, weakness, fainting, drooling, and seizures. In the event of a heat stroke, bring them to a cool area immediately and seek veterinary care if symptoms persist.

9. Keep pets away from fireworks: Loud noises from fireworks can cause your pet anxiety. Keep them indoors during fireworks displays to minimize stress and potential injury.

Additional tips to keep your pet cool

Cool from the inside out: While wetting your pet’s coat is a common method to cool them down, have a few pet popsicles, frozen chew toys, and ice cubes on hand instead. These items cool them internally, keep them hydrated, and are much more comfortable for your pet than drenching them with water.

Keep a spray bottle handy: A lightweight spray bottle, especially one with an attachable fan, is an easy way to keep your pet cool, especially when outside.

Get your pet a cooling vest or mat: Whether they’re basking in the sunshine outdoors or relaxing in the living room after a long walk, investing in a cooling vest or mat for your pet can cool your pet down without lifting a finger (or paw).

Add electrolytes to your pet’s water: Doggy or kitty electrolytes are a convenient and effective way to make sure your pet stays hydrated during the summer months.

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