14 Safety Tips For Being Safe This Summer
1- Visit the vet for a spring or early-summer checkup. Make sure your pet is healthy and ready for any summer fun planned.
2 - Fresh Water. Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot or humid outdoors. If you live in an extremely hot climate (aka. Coachella Valley), ALWAYS carry waterwith you or in your car with a water bowl. This may help you, your dog or someone else in need.
3 - Shade. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful not to over-exercise them, and keep them indoors when it’s extremely hot.
4 - Know the symptoms of overheating in pets, which include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse. Symptoms can also include seizures, bloody diarrhea and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.
5 - Flat faced breeds are more susceptible to heat stroke since they cannot pant as effectively. These pets, along with the elderly, the overweight, and those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept cool in air-conditioned rooms as much as possible.
6 - Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. Not only can it lead to fatal heat stroke, it is illegal in several states!
7 - 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. Rinse your dog off after swimming to remove chlorine or salt from his fur, and try to keep your dog from drinking pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals.
8 - Open unscreened windows pose a real danger to pets, who often fall out of them. Keep all unscreened windows or doors in your home closed, and make sure adjustable screens are tightly secured.
9 - Never shave your dog, but trim longer hair on your dog. The layers of dogs’ coats protect them from overheating and sunburn. Brushing cats more often than usual can prevent problems caused by excessive heat.
10 - Sunscreen and insect repellent, be sure that any products you use on your pets is labeled specifically for use on animals.
11 - Don’t let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Being so close to the ground, your pooch’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum, and consider doggie booties.
12 - Remember that food and drink commonly found at BBQ's can be poisonous to pets. Keep alcoholic beverages away from pets, as they can cause intoxication, depression and comas. Similarly, 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.
13 - Please leave in a quiet, sheltered, escape-proof area of your home during Fourth of July celebrations, and never use fireworks around pets. Exposure to lit fireworks can potentially result in severe burns or trauma, and even unused fireworks can contain hazardous materials. Many pets are also fearful of loud noises and can become lost, scared or disoriented, so it’s best to keep your little guys safe from the noise.
14 - Keep Fido from getting the summer time blues by enrolling them in classes at Dream Dogs where they are indoors and have an opportunity to work off some of their pent-up energy in a safe and fun environment. No sunscreen required.