Summer Safety For Pets

Guest Post by Lauretta Williams

Keep Your Pets Safe This Summer

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Depending on which hemisphere you live in, you are either in the blooming stages of the hot months of summer or preparing for the long, sunny days to start. Either or, your pets are by your side waiting for their summer fun.

Summer is a great season for the beach, walks, outdoor activities, and spending a lot of time with your beloved fluffy friends. However, there are a few drawbacks to spending time outside in the hot sun.

Luckily we have prepared a shortlist of summer safety tips to keep your pets healthy, safe, and happy.

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Keep Them Cool

Summer can become very hot, and pets (in particular dogs) do not handle heat as well as humans do. Dogs can dehydrate, and suffer from heatstroke.

That is why you should always make sure that they have water in their bowls. While on your walks or playing in the park makes sure that you have a water bottle for them to drink out of.

The shade is also a great way to help keep your dog cool, so try to spend as much time as you two can under the trees. Plus, another way to increase the liquid in your dog’s system (to cool them down) is to change over to wet food.

This will add more water to their summer diet. And remember to not keep any pets in the boiling hot car.  Dogs sweat differently to humans. They pant, and if they are overheated, they will pant a lot more. This is one of the signs that you must watch out for. Other signals that your dog’s health is in trouble are:


• Thick drool (they use drool to cool themselves down but too much indicates that they need help)

• Their gums are bright red or dry

• Diarrhoea

• Vomiting

• They cannot stand straight

If you notice any of the above symptoms it is best to get them into a cold area and give them water.

You should take them to the vet as soon as possible so that they can get a proper check-up.

 

Dog with water fountain

 

 

Keep Them Safe

Fleas and ticks love the summer and your pets are not a fan of these pests. So before you invest in the best flea fogger 2020 you may want to speak to your vet to prevent fleas and ticks from catching a free ride on the skin of your pets.

Another issue with summer is that pets tend to get lost. To avoid this you can make sure that they have a microchip or a collar with your current details on. This is to help you find your missing pets as soon as possible.

You can avoid this altogether by keeping an eye on them while they are outside as well as keeping them on a leash while going for your walks.

The main downside to the lovely heat is the floor. It can get very hot and your pet’s paws will feel the burn. You should make sure that when you go for your walks that they can be in the shade or you can invest in tiny shoes to keep their feet safe if you are walking on cement.

If you see that they are struggling to walk then you can spray some water on their paws and their stomach. This can cool them down stopping their pads from burning. A good time to walk them is in the late afternoon or early morning when the sun is not as high.

Plus, remember to give them a lot of breaks in the shade with water while outside.

 

Girl with dog on grass

 

Keep Them Away From Fireworks

Fireworks can run rapidly during the clear skies of the summer months. Pets do not like the loud noises that come with these spectacles.

Therefore, you should make sure that they are inside and feel safe when the fireworks are flying in the sky. They may need a cuddle in a quiet room until the noises pass.

Another thing you should do is to check your yard of any fireworks debris that may have fallen. This is poisonous to your pets if they take an accidental bite of it.

 

 

Final Words

Summer is a great time to bond with your pets. However, you want to make sure that they enjoy the time that you spend with them.

The above steps are a great way to keep them safe, healthy, cool, and happy.

These are the foundations of a loving relationship.

 

Puppies in a row

 

  Guest Post by Lauretta Williams

 

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