It has been a hot summer! Most of the country has been hit with heat wave after heat wave. When the temperature rises, the risk of summer dangers also rises, especially for your pets. Follow these simple tips in order to keep your pets safe and cool this summer:
1. Try to keep pets inside where it’s nice and cool. If they have to be outside, be sure they have access to shade and water.
2. Make sure pets have access to plenty of water at all times. When it’s hot, water evaporates faster and pets drink more than usual. Make sure you provide extra bowls of water.
3. Avoid excessive exercise when it’s hot. Keep your walks short to avoid over heating. Walk your dog in the early morning or evening when it is cooler.
4. Before going on a walk, check the ground to be sure it is not too hot for your pets’ feet. Asphalt, concrete, and sand can get very hot. If it’s too hot for your bare feet, it’s too hot for your pets! If you have to take your pet outside when the ground is hot, make sure to put booties on them to protect their pads from getting burned.
5. Never leave your pet unattended in a car when it’s hot outside. Even with the windows rolled down, your car can reach dangerous temperatures within minutes.
6. Keep pets away from hot barbeque grills and be aware of BBQ and picnic foods that can be dangerous your pet, such as: alcohol, chocolate, grapes, onions, corn cobs, and chicken bones. Toothpicks and skewers can also be dangerous. Never leave pets unsupervised around food. Have pet friendly treats available to avoid temptation and reward your pets for good behavior.