5 Summer Safety Tips for Pet Owners
Can you believe it’s August already?! Where is the summer going? If you’ve been in Hampton Roads long enough you know we still have a few months left of hot weather even once summer is officially over.
As the summer days continue to remain hot, it’s important to keep your pets cool. Here are 5 summer safety tips for pet owners:
1. Sun Protection
I’m sure that when you hit the beach you think about protecting your skin, right? I’ll just hope that you do! Since they are covered in fur we often times forget to protect our pets from the summer sun. The truth is that they need sun protection too! Just like humans, pets should have (pet-friendly) sunblock applied to sensitive areas such as tips of ears, nose, belly, groin area, or any area where the hair coverage is thinner.
2. Avoid Peak Sun Hours
Avoid the sun during the peak hours of 10am - 4pm when it is the strongest. Not only is heat stroke more likely at these times, pets exposed to these solar rays are more at risk of sunburn and skin cancer. It’s actually best to walk your dog early in the morning or late at night. Personally, I prefer to walk Chuy once the sun has started to set and there’s a breeze in the air.
3. Keep Pets Hydrated
The key to keeping pets hydrated is to always keep fresh water available. If you are traveling or going for a walk, bring a bottle of water with you. Know where the hoses, water fountains and other sources of water are along your regular walks and at the dog parks.
4. Know the Signs of Heatstroke
Dogs don’t have a way of sweating so it’s important to know the signs of heatstroke. Symptoms may include panting, lethargy, drooling, fever, vomiting and collapse. If you think your dog may have heatstroke, get to the vet ASAP — the condition can cause permanent organ damage or even death. Check out this infographic from Petfinder:
5. Provide Several Ways to Cool Off
Provide your pet several ways to cool off in hot weather. In your home, leave a fan on in a place where your dog can sit in front of it, add some ice cubes to his water or offer him a cool treat like these frozen Luau treats you can make at home.
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What tips do you have to help keep your pets cool when it’s hot outside? Leave us a comment below and let us know!