Barbecues, boating, and hot weather are some of our favorite things about summer, but for our pets, they can be life-threatening.
This year, whether you’re hitting the beach or just the backyard, make sure you’re keeping your pet’s safety in mind. Here are 10 important summer safety reminders for every pet owner.
10. Don’t Share Snacks
Barbecuing is one of the biggest perks of warm weather, but remember that the food you eat may be poisonous to pets. Raisins, grapes, onions, avocados, and chocolate are common barbecue fares that are toxic to animals. Remind well-meaning guests not to sneak pets any table scraps.
9. Keep Alcohol Out Of Reach
It may seem obvious, but alcohol is extremely dangerous to dogs. Even small amounts can cause them to become dangerously intoxicated, go into a coma, or even die from respiratory failure. This includes beer.
8. Stay In The Shade
Pets are quick to dehydrate. If you’re spending time outside, be sure to carry plenty of fresh water and stay near a shady retreat. Keep in mind that animals with flat faces (like pugs and Persian cats) are more susceptible to heatstroke since they can’t pant as effectively.
7. Secure the I.D.s.
Time spent outdoors comes with increased stimulation and stress for your pet. Increased stress means an increased risk of bolting or escaping. If you haven’t already, make sure your pet is fitted with a microchip or ID tag with identifying information, including your phone number. Shop for collars, leads, and harnesses at The Animal Rescue Site store!
6. Prevent Unsupervised Swimming
Not all dogs are swimmers! Never leave your pet unsupervised around a pool or lake. Introduce them to water gradually and, if they haven’t swum before, fit them with a flotation device while on a boat.
5. Watching Fireworks? Leave Pets At Home
The combination of large crowds, loud noises, and bright lights can really scare your pet. While lit fireworks are an obvious burn hazard, the potentially toxic substances in unused fireworks can be hazardous as well. It’s best to keep your pet safe at home while you enjoy the show.
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4. Skip Bug Spray & Citronella
Unless specifically designed for animals, insect repellent, sunscreen, and citronella products can be toxic to pets. Be aware of the signs of toxic ingestion including drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst, and lethargy. DEET, a common insecticide, may also cause neurological problems in dogs. If you’re spraying, do it far from your dog. Meanwhile, consider protecting your pup with a dog-friendly Insect Shield Bandana from The Animal Rescue Site store.
3. Avoid Common Bug Bites in Dogs
Sadly, your pup’s intolerance to DEET doesn’t mean he’s immune to mosquitos and other biting insects, whose bites can cause extreme itching, discomfort, and even transmit dangerous diseases. Protect your pet with a dog-friendly insect repellant and preventative heartworm and/or tick treatment to blunt the deadly effects of common bug bites on dogs. Also, avoid walking your dogs around dusk and dawn, when mosquitos are most active, and steer clear of the lakes and other standing bodies of water mosquitos use as breeding grounds.
2. Drink Up
Your dog should always have access to fresh, potable water, something that’s more important than ever in hot weather. Make sure your pup’s bowl is always filled with fresh water throughout the day, and consider using a bowl that can’t be easily be tipped over. If you’re going on a hike, walk, or trip to the beach, don’t forget extra water to keep your pup hydrated, comfortable, and safe.
1. Never Leave Dogs In Hot Cars
We’ve said it before, but this always bears repeating. Never leave your dog alone in hot cars, even if you’ve parked in the shade, a garage, and cracked the window to let in some air. Cars can quickly heat up to dangerous degrees, suffocating your pup inside and subjecting him or her to heatstroke — or worse.
Follow these hot weather safety tips to make sure your dog stays healthy and safe as temperatures rise. Your dog would do everything in his power to keep you happy and protected in hot weather. Please make sure to return the favor!
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