The heat of summer can take a toll on people, and it can be just as tough – or even more so – on animals. Taking a few extra precautions during the summer months can help ensure your beloved pets stay safe during even the hottest dog days of summer:
- First, don’t take your pet for car ride during warm months. Temperatures inside a car – even when the windows are cracked – can soar to well above 100 degrees very quickly, and each year, thousands of pets die as a result of being kept in cars while their owners “make a quick trip” to a store or other venue. Even if you don’t plan to get out of the car, a situation may arise that requires you to leave the vehicle, and that can spell disaster for your beloved pet. Leave them home and resume trips when the cool months of fall return.
- Make sure your pet is indoors on summer’s scorching hot days. Doghouses provide very little protection from the scorching sun, and the temperatures inside can easily rise to deadly temperatures. If your pet must be outside for any length of time during the day or even the night, make sure they have plenty of fresh water and try to include a covered and protected area that stays shaded at all times.
- Don’t take your pets to fireworks displays, and if you and your pet live near an area where fireworks are used, be sure your pet is safely secured in your home during the event. Each year, thousands of pets across the country run away during 4th of July events as a result of the loud and often disorienting noises. If you live in an area where your pet can hear the noises of fireworks, plan to spend time with them during the event so they feel secure. The Humane Society offers a list of helpful tips to make sure your pet stays safe.
- Protect your pet from too much sun. Animals can become sunburned just like people, so keep your pet protected from too much sun exposure, especially if they have thin fur or light-colored fur.
- Keep an eye on your pet if you’re barbecuing or using a firepit. Each year, many animals are seriously injured as a result of contact with grills and firepits. Keep your pets clear of the area while these items are in use.
- Consider microchipping your pet. Collars and tags can be lost, but microchips are implanted, so they stay put, enabling your pet to be identified if it gets lost. Many vets provide low-cost microchipping services. And while you’re in the office, be sure your pet is vaccinated against heart disease, Lyme disease and rabies.
Enjoy your summer, and make sure your pets enjoy it too. Visit the Humane Society website for more tips on keeping your pets safe this summer and all year round.