Keep Your Pet Safe This Summer With 5 Safety Tips
Summertime is the perfect opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors with your furry companions. Whether it’s playing fetch in the park, hiking along scenic trails, or simply lounging in your backyard, there’s no doubt that your pets love spending time outside. However, the season of sun and fun can also be dangerous for your pets, with high temperatures and outdoor hazards like ticks and snakes. In this article, we’ll discuss the 5 essential summer safety tips you need to know to keep your furry friend safe and happy all season long from our team at Quinebaug Valley Veterinary Hospital.
1. Keep Your Pet Hydrated
During the summer months, keeping your pet hydrated is essential to avoid dehydration and heat stroke. Make sure to always provide plenty of fresh, clean water for your pets, especially when they’re spending time outside. You can also freeze ice cubes made from low-sodium broth or plain water to give your pets a refreshing treat that will help keep them cool and hydrated.
2. Protect Your Pet from the Sun
Just like humans, pets can get sunburned too. To prevent your pet from getting sunburned, limit their exposure to the sun during peak hours, usually between 10am and 4pm. You can also invest in pet-safe sunscreen to apply to their nose, ears, belly, and other areas exposed to the sun. Make sure the sunscreen is specifically formulated for pets, as regular sunscreen can be toxic to animals.
3. Avoid Hot Concrete and Asphalt
Hot concrete and asphalt can burn your pet’s paws when the temperature rises. Try to walk your dog during cooler times of the day, and avoid hot surfaces altogether. One way to test if the ground is too hot is to place your hand on the pavement for seven seconds. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws.
4. Check Your Pet for Ticks
Ticks are common during the summer months and can carry diseases that can harm both pets and humans. Be sure to check your pet for ticks after they’ve spent time outside, especially if they’ve been in wooded or grassy areas. Please pay attention to the hairless areas on your pet’s body, including their armpits, ears, and belly. If you find a tick, remove it promptly with tweezers and monitor your pet for any signs of illness.
5. Keep Your Pet Away from Snakes
During the summer, snakes may be more active and pose a danger to your pet. Teach your pet to avoid snakes, and keep them on a leash when hiking or in wooded areas. If a snake bites your pet, seek veterinary attention immediately.
In conclusion, summer can be a dangerous season for your pets, but by following these 5 essential summer safety tips, you can keep them safe and happy all season long. If you’re ever concerned about your pet’s health or well-being, don’t hesitate to contact us for advice and support. Prevention is key, so take the necessary steps to protect your furry friend this summer.