Summertime means high temperatures and lots of sun for most of us. And that means our pets too. The season brings with it opportunities for fun and for bonding with our pets. But it also brings some dangers that are not necessarily a consideration during other times of the year.
Fortunately, Pet360‘s Chief Pet Parenting Expert, Rose Hamilton, partnered with SheKnows to compile this Summer Safety Tips infographic detailing some of the top recommendations for keeping your furry friends out of harm’s way.
Included in these recommendations are:
Keep your pet well-groomed. Removing knots and mats can not only aid with circulation and help your pet regulate his body temperature but it will also keep your pet more comfortable. Those knots and mats twisting and pulling on your pet’s skin are uncomfortable at best.
Use suncreen. This is especially important for light-colored animals, those with short hair, or hairless breeds. Be sure to use a pet-safe sunscreen though.
Keep your pet out of hot cars. Even on a more moderate day with temperatures in the 70′s, the thermometer in a closed car can rise over 100 degrees in a matter of 15-20 minutes. At these temperatures, your pet can overheat very easily.
Keep your pet hydrated. Pets can dehydrate very quickly in the heat.
Take your dog for walks in the morning or evening, when the sun is not directly overhead and the temperatures are cooler.
Keep your pet off hot pavement. Your pet’s feet/pads can be burned when the sun heats up these surfaces.
Watch for poisonous plants. There is a relatively long list of common plants that can be toxic for your pet if ingested. Plants like poison ivy can also cause skin issues for your pet as well as for you.
Use a safe and effective flea, tick, and heartworm preventive for your pet. Consult your veterinarian for help in choosing the best product for your pet.
Practice water safety. Not all pets are able to swim well. Even those that can may still tire if unable to exit the water. Always supervise your pet whether swimming in a pool, a lake, or enjoying your boat.
Avoid antifreeze. This compound is toxic for your pet. Even the pet-safe antifreeze products can pose a danger if enough is ingested, though they are less dangerous than the non-pet-safe antifreeze products.
Another thing to be on the watch out for are venomous snakes. Though not mentioned in the infographic, in certain parts of the country, snakes can pose a real threat to your pet, particularly the venomous varieties such as rattlesnakes, coppermouths, and others.
Okay, without further ado, here’s the promised infographic. Enjoy. And please join me in thanking Rose, Pet360, and SheKnows for providing the infographic for us.