Pet summer safety guide

Summer is probably the funnest time of the year because in summer we can enjoy so many different activities and really bring out our inner adventurer. But summer is also time when many tend to suffer different injuries from heat strokes and dehydration to broken bones and other bumps and bruises. Unfortunately we humans aren’t the only ones who are prone to summer trauma, our pets too can just as easily get a heatstroke or a broken paw, so read this pet summer safety guide to prevent your cute animals from getting injured.

Be wary of heatstroke

dog heat stroke

One of the most common animal summer injury is in fact heatstroke. Many animals have trouble of regulating their body temperature during the hot summer days, since they cannot sweat like us humans can. That is why we need to do everything in our power to avoid our pets getting too hot and developing further overheating symptoms. One of the ways you can do that is to keep the coats of your pets long. Yes, you heard it, you should keep the coats long in the summer too, because pet’s coat actually helps them regulate their body temperature. Just make sure that the coat is well brushed and not tangled, since only then the coat will provide better air circulation allowing your pet to regulate their body temperature. On top of that also try to avoid walking your pet in the hottest time of the day. Usually temperature is the highest somewhere between noon and four p.m. which is why you should get into the habit of walking your pet before and after these periods. In summer I would recommend to walk your dog in early morning before the heat has hit and then in the evening when the temperature is cooling down again to really let your pet enjoy the walk not wishing for it to be over sooner.

Invest in a pet life-jacket

life jacket

If you like to spend a lot time on or in the water during the summer and usually your pet is whit you, then I would recommend to invest in a pet sized life-jacket. This will not only ensure that your pet is safer while in the water keeping you dog above the water, but a life-jacket will also make sure that your pet can be seen even from a further distance, so if your pet gets lost he or she will be seen by swimmers or other boaters and get rescued. Just make sure that you let your pet adjust to the life-jacket at first, since it can be very uncomfortable at first. Speaking of rescue, I would also make sure to monitor your pet in the water just like you would monitor a child, since not all pets are strong swimmers. And also teach your pet how to get out of the water, be it a pool or a lake, especially if your dog is still a puppy, because this will make sure that your pet knows how to get out of the water once it is necessary for him or her.

Know what you plant in your garden

azaleas

And lastly also be sure that you know that all of the plants and flowers you are planting in your garden where you know your pet will spent a lot of time are pet safe. For example make sure you don’t plant any azaleas in your garden since they can be very toxic to pets if they ingest them. Also I would avoid planting lilies in your garden if you are a cat owner, because their pollen can cause kidney problems for them. And finally make sure you know what type of plant food you are using, since ones that contain insecticides or other chemicals can be fatal to some animals.