Summertime is fun, but hot weather makes some pet uncomfortable. When the temperatures get extreme, pet safety should be on your mind. Here are some ways to stay safe while enjoying summer activities with your pet:
Respect the heat. Dogs release heat through their paw pads and by panting. Dehydration can be a big problem for pets during the hot weather, too. Some pets with short snouts cannot pant as effectively, and are therefore more susceptible to heat stroke. In the summer, make certain that Fido and Fluffy always have access to plenty of fresh, cool water, and avoid letting them run around outside during the hottest parts of the day.
Find out if your pet needs sunscreen. Some pets, particularly those with short fine hair and pink skin, can be susceptible to sunburn. Talk to your veterinarian about which types of sunscreen are safest on your pet’s skin, and follow up by routinely applying sunscreen as part of your summer routine. Do not use sunscreen or insect repellents that are not designed specifically for use on animals.
Practice water safety. As with other aspects of summer pet care, water safety is all about thinking ahead. Although it’s fun to bring your pet to the beach or pool to stay cool together, always keep a close eye on your pet when they’re in or near the water. Summer adventures with your dog, like boating, look into a doggie life preserver. It could prove to be an excellent investment for his safety.
Summer pet safety isn’t hard; it just requires some thought and attention. Watch over your pet the way you would a small child—protect them from too much heat, sun, and other summer dangers—and everything should be just fine.