Summertime can be a lot of fun for you and your pets alike. However, summertime weather and situations can also expose pets to a lot of hazards that you need to be aware of to protect your animal companions.
Summertime hazards can create pet emergencies that can threaten pet lives. By being aware of the following five summertime pet hazards, you can ensure your family and your animal companions an unforgettably enjoyable and safe summer:
Perhaps the number one danger to pets and humans alike is the summertime heat and the possibility of overheating. You need to take care to keep your pets out of excessively hot situations when the temperatures rise during the summer time.
Never leave your pet in your vehicle with the windows closed when it's very hot outside. Also, avoid strenuous exercise with your pet at the hottest period of the day in the summertime. Keep your pet's fur clipped short during the summer to make it is easier for your pet to stay cool.
Pets can suffer from sunburn just like humans can. Sunburn is more likely to happen to short hair pets. If you look at veterinary supply stores and pet stores, you can find sunscreens formulated for pets that will protect your pets' skin.
Of course, the best thing to do is simply keep your short hair pet out of bright sunlight and limit exercise and walks to less sunny times of the day.
Bees, ticks, fleas, and other insect pests
When the weather gets hot, insects tend to multiply. Unfortunately, your pet may be a prime target for insect pests like bees, ticks, fleas, and more.
There are a lot of things you can do to protect your pet from summertime pests. A flea and tick collar is one thing you can use for protection. You can also get your pet vaccinated against heartworms to prevent mosquitoes from proving to be deadly for your pets.
Another thing to do to protect your pets against summertime pests is to avoid walking in very grassy or wooded areas at the height of tick season in your geographic region.
Your pets are going to need much more water during the summer months than they do at other times of the year. Dehydration becomes much more likely as temperatures rise. You need to keep water constantly available during summertime exercise.
Swimming pools can be very dangerous for pets. If you have a dog, don't assume your dog can swim. You should never leave your dog alone and unsupervised around a swimming pool.
Contact your local emergency pet clinic for more information and assistance.