We’ve entered the season of endless opportunities for outdoor fun. While many pets are content to hunker down at home, others are quite involved in all manner of activities. Swimming, hiking, and travelling are all worthwhile seasonal endeavors, but they can also place your pet at risk. But don’t worry – with some planning and preparation, your summer pet safety tactics will be successfully underway.
A Game of Tag?
One of the best insurances against a possible summer disaster is your pet’s ID tag and microchip. Your pet’s collar should remain on all summer long, displaying up-to-date tags. As an extra layer of security, your pet’s microchip should reflect your current contact information.
Between summer block parties, thunderstorms, and holiday fireworks, pets can easily become separated from their owners. Likewise, if a life threatening event strikes your pet while he or she is out and about, you can be contacted to provide emergency care.
Speaking of emergencies, injuries sustained from a car accident are more likely to occur during summer when animals roam freely. Reduce wandering around the neighborhood by installing higher fencing and secure gates. You could also teach your cat to walk on a leash!
Heat and Summer Pet Safety
Beyond separation and accidental injury, the biggest threat to your pet this summer is the heat. Ways to minimize the effects of the sun include plenty of shade and ample water to drink. Dehydration, sunburn, heat exhaustion, and heatstroke can all be life threatening if left unaddressed. Also consider the following:
- Exercise in the early morning or evening hours.
- Encourage your pet to walk on grassy areas or in the shade.
- Measure how much water he or she is drinking in a day.
- Do not allow your pet to overexert him or herself.
- Provide access to AC, running fans, frozen pet treats, and cold compresses.
- Never leave your pet unattended in a parked vehicle.
Summer pet safety hinges on noticing even the faintest symptom of ill-health. Because illness can progress quickly, do not ignore the following symptoms:
- Excessive panting or drooling
- Bright red or blue gums
- Internal temperature of 104 degrees or higher
- Disorientation or gait issues
- Laziness or lethargy
- Seizures or coma
Knowing how to apply our summer pet safety tips can help you anticipate threats, such as:
- Swimming – Do not assume your pet likes to swim or knows instinctively how to do it. Always supervise your pet in or near the water.
- Bugs – Pets like to chase down wasps, bees, spiders, and other bugs, but they can cause big problems. Also, parasite prevention should be in place to keep heartworm, Lyme disease, and fleas at bay.
- Greenery – Study the potentially poisonous plants growing nearby, and know what a pet poisoning looks like. Similarly, chemical fertilizers, cocoa-based mulches, and pesticides can all prove hazardous to a curious pet.
- BBQ’s – Do not allow your pet to sneak snacks from the table or grill. Always tidy up, secure the garbage bin, and watch for choking on bones, skewers, and potentially poisonous or fatty foods.
Preparation and prevention will help ensure effective summer pet safety. If you have any questions, please let us know.