Summer time is a great time to get outdoors and enjoy all of the fun activities that come with the warm weather. However, we must not forget to take care of our pets during those “dog days” of summer.  According to the ASPCA, here are some tips on how we can keep our pets safe during the hottest time of year.

  • Make sure your pets have plenty of fresh water when it’s hot or humid and have a shady place to get out of the sun. If it is too hot for you to be outside, then it is too hot for your pets to be outside.
  • Know the symptoms of overheating in pets. Common signs include: excessive panting, difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor, collapse, seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees. Pay close attention to animals with flat faces (Pugs, Persian cats, etc), as they are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively.
  • Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle.
  • Do not leave pets unsupervised around a pool—not all dogs are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually and make sure they wear flotation devices when on boats. Be sure to rinse off their fur after swimming.
  • Keep all unscreened windows and doors in your home closed, and make sure adjustable screens are tightly secured to prevent your pet from falling out of the windows.
  • Never shave your animal: The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can also prevent problems caused by excessive heat. However, feel free to keep up with normal trimming and grooming.
  • Beware of hot asphalt. Because your pets are so close to the ground, their body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn.
  • Keep citronella candles, tiki torch products, insect coils, and other chemical treatments of out pets’ reach as these are extremely poisonous.
  • Keep alcoholic beverages away from pets and remember that the snacks enjoyed by your human friends should not be a treat for your pet. Any change of diet, even for one meal, may give your dog or cat severe digestive ailments. Avoid raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate and products with the sweetener xylitol.
  • Never use fireworks around pets and leave them home during such festivities. Many pets are fearful of loud noises and can become lost, scared or disoriented, so it’s best to keep your four-legged’s safe from the noise in a quiet, sheltered and escape-proof area of your home.

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