As the weather warms up, everyone heads outside to take advantage of the rising temperatures. Often our pets accompany us, whether it’s just a lazy day in the backyard, a walk around the neighbourhood or a camping adventure. Remember to keep your pets safe while outdoors; in particular, be sure not to overlook these four summertime pet dangers.

Light-coloured pets with thin coats are susceptible to the painful, itching and peeling effects of sunburn. Just like humans, it’s important to be careful about your pet’s sun exposure and apply sunscreen to your dog or cat when they are outside for extended periods. Specially formulated products can help protect your pets from the sun’s harmful effects.

Hot Surfaces
The sidewalk and street can heat up quickly under the summer sun, so be sure to check the temperature of the walking surface before taking your pets outside. Paw pads are susceptible to burns and blisters, and it can be a long, painful recovery for your pets if they end up burning their paws.

Hot, burning sticks can be a temptation for dogs — especially ones that love to fetch — but can pose a serious safety hazard. Also, some dogs have been known to get into lighter fluid, which is extremely poisonous and should always be kept out of reach of pets.

Fireworks can not only scare dogs and cats but also pose a serious summertime pet danger. Many fireworks look similar to pet toys, and an unleashed pet could mistake one for a plaything and run off with it. If you’re planning a backyard fireworks display, it’s best to keep dogs and cats safely inside.

Part of keeping your furry friends safe this summer is to ensure that you have proper pet insurance. Hudson’s Bay Financial Services is happy to offer coverage for your dog or cat through Petline Insurance — Canada’s largest pet insurance company. With pet insurance, you can be reimbursed for up to 80% of the cost of veterinary care and services if your pets fall ill or are injured.

It’s easy to apply and coverage is affordable. Plans start at $16.83 a month for dogs and $12.43 a month for cats.¹ Additionally, you’ll earn Hudson’s Bay Rewards points2 that you can spend in store or online.

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1 Rates and product details are effective as of July 1, 2016, and are subject to change without notice. All plans are subject to the terms and conditions of your Policy and Documents of Insurance. Premiums vary by breed and where you live. Pet insurance for Hudson’s Bay customers is arranged for by Hudson Bay Financial Services and underwritten by Petline Insurance.

2 Earn 2,000 Hudson’s Bay Rewards points when you purchase a Basic Care plan, 3,000 Rewards points for an Enhanced Care plan and 4,000 Rewards points for an Enhanced Care Plus plan. Rewards points will be issued in equal increments after every six months when you use a valid Canadian-issued credit card to pay for your premiums and will not be pro-rated. Offer valid in Alberta, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, Ontario, Quebec and the Yukon.