As the sun shines brighter and temperatures rise, it’s important to know how to keep our beloved pets safe and healthy during the summer season. Just like us, our furry companions are susceptible to the effects of heat and require special care and attention to stay safe and comfortable. In this blog, we offer some vital tips and practical strategies that will make this summer a breeze for both you and your furry friends.
Pre-Summer Vet Checkup
The spring is a good time for a checkup before the summer heat kicks in. A vet can assess your pet, their overall health and identify any underlying issues that could worsen in the heat. Ensure your pet is up to date on vaccinations and has their flea, tick, and parasite treatment, as they’re more exposed to these hazards in summer.
It’s also essential to know the signs of an overheating animal. Pets can overheat quickly, so don’t linger on hot asphalt or pavement, don’t stay outside for great lengths in extreme heat, and never leave a pet unattended in a hot car.
Some of the signs of overheating and heat exhaustion include:
- Excessive panting
- Difficulty breathing
- Increased heart rate
- Increased respiratory rate
- Mild weakness
- Stupor or collapse
More severe signs of overheating include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomiting.
Summer Heat & Pets: Do’s & Don’ts
- Provide plenty of fresh, clean water
- Ensure your pets have shady areas
- Keep pets inside in extreme heat
- Put floatation device on your pet when on boats
- Over-exercise your pet
- Leave your pet in a hot vehicle
- Allow pets around a pool unsupervised
- Linger on asphalt in extreme heat
More Summer Safety
Keeping Dogs & Cats Cool
For dogs and cats, their fur actually helps keep them cool. So, while you might be tempted to shave your pet to give them some relief, it’s harmful to them. You can trim long-haired dogs but never shave them. If you do, they won’t be able to keep themselves cool. Plus, it can lead to sunburns. Regular brushing can help cats stay cool when it’s very hot but do not shave them.
Typical summertime activities include BBQs and spending lots of time outside in the backyard. This time is even more special when our furry friends join us. However, there are safety hazards for them in these places, too. For example, some yards are treated with harsh chemicals and pesticides that can poison your pets. Similarly, keep citronella candles, pest traps, and other dangerous products out of their reach. If your pet ingests a poisonous substance, contact poison control and/or call your vet immediately.
Certain foods and drinks are also poisonous to our four-legged companions, so be mindful of where your pet is at all times. Some foods your pet should never have include:
Another common activity in the sweet summertime is enjoying elaborate fireworks displays. If you go to a fireworks show, leave your fur baby at home. Never use fireworks around pets as it can cause a lot of stress. Most animals are afraid of loud sounds and may run away, become disoriented or suffer some other health issue.
Pet Insurance for Added Safety & Security
Finally, protect your pet during the summer, and all year long, by investing in pet insurance. Just as we prioritize our own health and well-being with insurance coverage, our pets deserve the same level of protection. No matter how careful we are, accidents and illnesses still happen. Having pet insurance provides peace of mind knowing that your furry friend will receive the necessary medical care without the added financial burden. So, take the time to explore different pet insurance options and choose a plan that suits your needs and budget. Stay informed, stay prepared, and enjoy a safe and joyful summer with your furry friends by your side!