Six Summer Safety Tips for Your Pets



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Although we’re just heading into Spring, the warm weather has snuck up earlier than usual this year! During these summer-like temps, it’s important to remember the health and safety of your four legged friend. Unfortunately, heat stroke kills more pets than it should every summer. Here are six ways to keep your pet cool this summer:

1. Never leave your pet unattended in a car – period
Heat stroke can sneak up fast. No matter how briefly you think your beloved pet will be unattended, it’s absolutely never worth risking their health. If you absolutely must leave your pet in your car, keep the key in the ignition in order to keep the air conditioning running and use your key fob to lock up.

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2. Keep your pet well-hydrated
In addition to refreshing water frequently, you should also scatter a few extra bowls of water throughout your house. Make it as convenient as possible for your dog or cat to hydrate themselves throughout the day.

3. Use ice cubes
If you’re planning on being away from home for a while and won’t be able to keep a constant supply of cool water in your pet’s dish, add plenty of ice cubes! This will help your cat or dog’s water supply stay cool for a longer period of time.

4. Serve up chilly treats
If your cat or dog turns his nose up at ice cubes, try serving him a delicious frozen treat such as Ice Pups from The Honest Kitchen. This awesome mix is formulated for both cats and dogs and is extremely versatile. In the summer, it can be used to create icy treats; whereas in the winter it can be mixed into a warm, yummy drink for your pet to lap up.

5. Remember: pets can get a sunburn!
Yes, it’s true – pets do get sunburned just as humans do! If you’ll be out for long periods of time, keep your pet in a shaded area as much as possible. If you are planning on being out in the sun for a while, consider using a sunscreen formulated for animals, such as EPI-Pet.

6. Protect those paws
Just like your feet burn when you walk on hot sand or pavement, the pads on dog’s paws will do the same. It’s always smart to do a touch-test on the surface you’re about to bring your pet on. If it’s too hot for you to touch, then it’s too hot for your pup as well. If possible, walk your pup on the grass instead.

Remember: it’s important to educate yourself on the signs and symptoms of heatstroke. If your pet develops any of the following symptoms, he may be experiencing heat exhaustion:

  • Staggering gait
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Dazed, disoriented look
  • Purple or dark red tongue or gums
  • Vomiting

If you notice any of these symptoms, it’s important to gradually lower your pet’s body temperature by giving him cool water, ice cubes or a frozen treat, relocating him into an air conditioned room, immersing him in cool (not cold) water or applying ice packs to his head, neck, or stomach. Even if he seems to improve, it’s best to take him to the vet immediately.

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