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8 Summer Pet Safety Tips
As the days get longer and warmer, it’s only natural that you spend more time outdoors. Heading out for a long hike, hunt, or other adventure with a pet is one of life’s great pleasures.
One thing to be mindful of when you venture out is to practice summer pet safety to keep your beloved dog or other pet away from harm. Whether you’re running along a beach, hunting in a forest, trekking up a mountain, or simply walking through the neighborhood, follow these tips to ensure your pet stays safe.
Summer Pet Safety Tips
Never Leave Your Pet Alone in the Car
At least 114 animals have died in cars since 2018. It is believed that statistic is much higher as many such deaths go unreported. In hot weather, cars can heat up frighteningly quickly. Cracking the window won’t make a bit of difference. If you leave your pet locked inside the car while you go to the store, it can cause the animal to suffer heatstroke.
Learn to Recognize Heatstroke
Signs your pet has gotten too hot and is suffering from heatstroke are:
- Excessive panting
- Excessive salivation
- Staggering or wobbly legs
If you think your pet is suffering from heatstroke, take the following steps:
- Call a veterinarian immediately
- Move your pet into the shade or a cool area
- You can apply isopropyl 70% alcohol to the pet’s footpads to accelerate cooling
- Apply a cool, damp towel to your pet’s back
- Give your pet water in small amounts
- Don’t apply ice packs or anything frozen as this cools too sudden
Not all water in nature is suitable to drink. To be on the safe side, bring plenty of water so your pet can stay hydrated.
Keep the Bugs at Bay
Ticks and mosquitoes can be deadly to cats and dogs. These insects carry many transmittable diseases. Keep them at bay by staying on top of treatment programs. Ensure that you check your pet thoroughly after you’ve been outside.
Note Whether or Not Your Dog Can Swim
Not all dogs are good swimmers. If yours is, make sure the water they swim in is safe. If your dog is not an excellent swimmer, it’s good summer pet safety practice to have it wear a life-vest when near water.
Remember That If You’re Hot, They’re Hot
Part of summer pet safety is about recognizing when your pet might be uncomfortable. If you’re too hot, the chances are good that they are too. So, take care to:
- Avoid spending too long in direct sunlight, particularly between 11 am and 4 pm
- Go outside during cooler hours
- Beware of hot surfaces, such as asphalt or sand. Provide your pet with paw protection if necessary or avoid those surfaces during the day
- Use sunscreen for very short-haired breeds
- Remember that fur is designed to keep pets cool. Shaving your pet may cause it to heat up too quickly
While they’re fantastic entertainment, fireworks can be stressful for animals. This stress can even lead to anxiety-related illnesses. When a fireworks display is taking place, keep your pet indoors with the doors and windows closed. You can block out the bangs with the TV or white noise.
Watch Out During Outdoor Parties
Picnics, BBQs, and other gatherings are great sources of treats and scraps for pets. However, a lot of food can be unsuitable or even toxic to dogs. To avoid a serious stomach upset, keep your pet away from party food and secure the garbage so they can’t get in it.
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Please note that XINSURANCE does not provide pet health insurance.
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By practicing summer pet safety, you and your companion can continue to enjoy many years of seasonal fun.