Summer Pet Safety: It’s About More Than Hot Weather

Merritt Milam | May 1, 2019

Summer seems to get here earlier every year. Officially, summer starts June 21, but the hot, humid weather will be here long before that date. We all know that keeping our pets cool this time of year is important but there are other things to consider. Here are a few important summertime reminders to help your pets stay safe, cool, and happy.

Stay Cool

This first reminder seems obvious, but it’s definitely worth mentioning because dogs’ bodies don’t cool by sweating like humans. Make sure you know the symptoms of overheating in pets. These include:
• Excessive panting
• Difficulty breathing
• Increased heart and respiratory rate
• Drooling
• Mild weakness, stupor or even collapse.

Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit, along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.

REMEMBER: Make sure you have plenty of fresh, clean water and shady areas if your pet is outside.

Get Fido a Checkup

A thorough checkup is a great way to start the spring and summer seasons off right. Your vet will make sure your dog is tested for heartworms and is on a preventative medication.

Many dogs have allergies from dust, pollen, mold, mites, food, and grass. An exam this time of year can help your dog deal with these seasonal allergies that can cause constant biting, scratching, and licking.

Tender Paws

When the temperature gets high, the pavement can be dangerous to your dog’s paws. Keep walks on the pavement to a minimum during this time of year.

REMEMBER: If it’s too hot for your bare feet, it’s too hot for your dog.

Dangerous Summer Foods for Your Dog

Yes, you read that correctly. Spring and summer are great times for outdoor cookouts and barbeques. This may include alcohol and snacks that are NOT pet approved. If your pets beg, borrow, or steal any of these, serious digestive or physical conditions can occur.

REMEMBER: Avoid raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate, and products with the sweetener xylitol.

Fido and Fireworks Aren’t Friends

The obvious reason is harm due to burns and trauma. Even old or used fireworks contain hazardous materials. Make sure you keep all fireworks away from your pets.

REMEMBER: Many pets are fearful of loud noises and can become lost, scared or disoriented when exposed to active fireworks. Keep your pets safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area of your home. This is another good reason to have your pet microchipped.

DON’T Leave Your Pet in the Car!

Duh! However, you would be surprised at how some people think (or don’t think) that a few minutes won’t hurt while making a quick run in the store. Even if the temperature outside is 70 degrees, the inside can heat up to 90. Cracking a window is no help and will not lower the temperature enough to make a difference.

REMEMBER: NEVER Leave Your Dog in the Car Unattended!

We hope this information has been helpful. We encourage you to share this article with friends and family so they can be ready for a safe and happy summer with their pets, too.