It's summer and that means we are spending more time than ever outdoors. Our pets love the fresh air as much as we do so they are likely prowling around your yard, soaking up the rays, and doing what they do best...loving life!
With just a few precautions, you can keep your pet safe during the dog days of summer.
- Some pets can take the heat better than others. If your dog or cat has a lot of fur, now is the time to give them a trim. Even short-haired animals can benefit from having their undercoat removed. It will keep them cooler and will cut down on the amount of fur you are cleaning up around your house.
- Make sure your pets have plenty of fresh, cool water to drink. Keep it out of the direct sunlight and change it often. If you are taking your dog for a walk, carry along a bottle of water and stop for breaks in the shade. Remember that a dog doesn't sweat. They cool off by panting and by bathing in or drinking cool water.
- We like to set up a kiddie pool in the backyard for Scooby (as seen in the photo above with his best friend, Bauer). If you decide to use a pool, make sure the water is cool. If it sits out too long it will become quite hot.
- Don't leave your animals outdoors all day if the temperature is climbing. Also, keep your house on the cool side with good air circulation.
Fleas & Ticks
- Yes, it's bug season! These annoying pests are just waiting to make a meal of your furry friend. Make sure you see your vet and have plenty of flea and tick medication on hand. This can come in pill, gel, or collar form. It is possible to give your pet too much of a treatment which can make them sick and even kill them. Talk to your vet and make sure you are dosing the right amount.
- When your animal has been outside, always check them over for insects before you allow them back in the house. Run your hands along their fur and pay extra attention to their ears and under their collar. If you find a tick remove it immediately with a pair of tweezers. Then call your vet. Ticks can carry lyme disease which is dangerous for both pets and humans.
- Warmer weather means there are more people out and about. Be careful of the traffic and walk your dog in safe areas.
- Make sure all of your pets are wearing proper identification.
- Be cognizant of fireworks and other loud noises such as motorcycles and thunder. These can frighten your pet and cause them to bolt.
I hope you and your pets have a fun, and safe, summer!