Summer is a relaxing time for all, but don't forget that some summertime festivities can pose a danger to your pet or make them feel uncomfortable. Always keep an eye out for how they respond to the environment. Here are a few reminders of how to keep your pet safe and comfortable all throughout summer:

1. Fireworks & Thunderstorms

  • Keep pets in a secure location, preferably inside.
  • Occupy the space with fresh water, toys, and leave a TV or Radio on for noise distractions.
  • Prior to the event or thunderstorm, you could try giving your pet a good quality relaxer, such as CBD oil to help with anxiety.
  • Make sure your pet has a microchip.

2. summer with pets 1Sun & Heat

  • Stay off pavement/concrete and sand - paws are very sensitive and can burn or blister.  
    • Test with your bare foot for 7 seconds on the surface the dog will be walking on. If it is too hot for you, it will be too hot for them.
    • Consider buying booties for your dog if you will be taking them out on hot surfaces.
  • Keep your pet hydrated!
  • Know and be on the lookout for the signs of dehydration and overheating: excessive panting, dark red gums, increased heart rate, & weakness.
  • Slather on that SPF! Dogs that are white, hairless or lightly colored can burn.
  • Morning (before sunrise) or Evening (after sunset) walks are best to minimize heat related stress.
  • Play in sprinklers or kiddie pool.
  • Limit excessive play or outdoor activities.
  • Prevent overheating by taking breaks in the shade every 30 minutes.
  • Keep your pet inside when temperatures rise.

3. Toxic Chemicalssummer with pets 2

  • Watch for Poisonous plants.
  • Insecticides, insect repellents, sunscreen, citronella products, and glow sticks are toxic to pets, so it's best to keep them out of reach or away from your pets.

4. Parties & BBQ's 

  • Keep alcohol and food out of pets reach.
    • Some foods are hazardous to your pets health: Onions, grapes, avocados, chocolate, cooked bones, etc.
  • Make sure there is plenty of shade available for the pets attending.
  • Water activities:
    1. Make sure there is easy access to get in and out.
    2. Rinse your pups after a dip in the pool as the chemicals can be harmful to pets.
    3. Allow time to rest, swimming can be strenuous.
    4. Try to minimize how much ocean, pool, lake, etc. water dogs are consuming because it can dehydrate them faster.

5. Hot Cars

  • Even with the windows cracked, the inside temperature of a car can reach 100 degrees in 10 minutes when it is 85 degrees outside!
  • Never leave your pet alone in the car. 

6. Pestssummer with pets 3

  • Flea, tick and mosquito prevention is key during the summer months.
  • Pets can contract serious health issues from these pests.

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