How to Keep Your Pet Safe This Summer

Pet SafetySummertime is a favorite season for many people – and for good reason. You get to spend time outside, enjoy the weather, and be active and participate in fun activities. Your pets usually get to live it up as well, going on adventures, being active, and spending time outside playing.

It’s easy for many people to overlook the different needs that pets have compared to us humans. There are a number of things people fail to consider with their pets that can endanger their safety, or affect their health. Follow these tips to help keep your pets safe, and ensure you both have a great summer.

The Perils of Summer

The thing most people think about with summer heat is pets in cars. While this is a very serious topic that needs to be on the minds of any pet owner, this is not the only thing that can hurt your pet in the heat. With the heat, humidity, and environmental factors, there are many things owners need to know. Let’s go over these dangers in detail to help understand what you need to know and what you can do.

  1. Ticks and other bugs – Ticks can infest your dog or cat if they run around in tall grass or the bushes. They can carry diseases or simply irritate your pet, causing frustration and possible long term health issues. If you pet has played around in tall grass or brush, be sure to check them thoroughly for ticks.
  2. Dehydration – Dehydration and heat isn’t just an issue in the car. Many times owners don’t leave out enough water for their pets or leave them in an area with enough shade. It is important to be aware of how much water your pets need, especially if they are running around and being extremely active. Make sure to give them plenty of water and monitor the amount of time they play outside in the hot sun.
  3. Sunburn (yes, pets can get sunburn) – Pets with lighter fur and skin can be just as susceptible to sunburn as pale people. If you spend a lot of time outside with your pet, make sure to get some pet-specific sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB rays. Most people know that nothing ruins a fun summer like sun burn, and your pets can feel the same pain.
  4. Antifreeze – Everyone knows pets are curious creatures who explore the world around them. With overheating cars being a possibility in the heat, there is an overabundance of fluids from cars on the ground in parking lots and even driveways. Even small amounts of these, such as antifreeze, can be deadly to pets. It is important to not let your animals explore in areas where this is a possibility.
  5. Traveling with pets – Whether you’re traveling for some summer fun through the air or in your car, please remember to make special considerations for your pets. Bring plenty of water and stop frequently if you’re driving to make sure they can do their business and stay comfortable.

Pets are one of the great joys in life. However, they must be taken care of with the same attention and care as you would give yourself. While the summer is a great time to play and bond with your pet, please don’t forget what they need to stay safe and happy in the summer sun and heat. If you have questions or need extra help with your pets in the summer, contact us as Riverside Animal Care Center today.