Warm weather means more outdoor time for your pets and packing fido’s suitcase for the family’s vacation, but it can also create a number of dangerous opportunities for them, too.
The International Fund for Animal Welfare shared with us some tips on how to keep you pets cool, and safe this summer.
Keep Things Cool: Some of us may believe that hotter is better, but our animal companions don’t necessarily agree. Make sure that animals spending time outdoors always have access to a shaded area and plenty of fresh, clean water.
Don’t Get Bugged: Bugs are just as annoying to your pets as they are to you. Don’t leave your pet in a buggy area, and consult with your vet about prevention for fleas and ticks.
Chill Out: Be careful not to over-exercise your pets or let them stand on asphalt for an extended period of time. Hot asphalt can mean damaged, painful paws and, over-exertion can lead to a rapid increase in body temperature.
Practice Car Safety: Never leave an animal in a parked car, even for a short period of time. Your vehicle can get extremely hot in a matter of minutes, quickly causing your pet distress or even death.
If it feels hot to you, it feels even hotter for your pet. And if you see an animal left in a car, immediately notify management of the appropriate store, or contact animal control.
If you become concerned that your pet has overheated, place them in a cool, well-ventilated area, provide plenty of fresh, cool water, and immediately contact your vet.