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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.

Help your pet survive the summer heat

In the summer, there are many occasions when temperatures rise beyond warm and then we all are searching for ways how to cool of and survive the heat. But pet owners have additional struggle during the heat waves, as they have to find ways how to help their pets t cool off, so they, too, don’t suffer from heat stroke or other heat related illnesses. So here are some tips on how to protect your pets from the heat.

Heat strokes in animals occur when their normal body temperatures rise so high that their bodies cannot lower it to a normal temperature anymore. And since most pets like dogs aren’t able to sweat, it is quite hard for them to deal with their heat. So one thing any pet parent can do to prevent your pets from getting a heat stroke is to give your furry friend plenty of water. Dogs and cats need to hydrate especially in hot weather just like us humans do, so make sure you refill the water bowl of you cat or dog so that your pet is as happy as he can be during the heat.

Another thing to remember is to not let your pet on hot surfaces for long periods of time. Asphalt and cement especially heat up a great deal during the summer and since your pets don’t have the protection of shoes and they are naturally closer to the ground, they can suffer from the heat that is radiated off of these surfaces. So if you can keep the walks to the minimum or walk your pet in a shaded area with a trail or grass for surface, so your dog or cat doesn’t burn their paw pads and don’t receive unnecessary heat from the ground.

Anybody who has grow longer hair in the summer knows that the longer your hair is, the hotter it is for your head. The same goes for animals, so, if it is possible, try to give your pet as short of a haircut as you can. This way it will be easier for your pet to deal with the heat. Just don’t shave your pet, as pets need at least inch long fur, so their skin doesn’t get sunburn.

dog swimming

On top of that you can also bring your pet to your local pond or river for a swim or mist cool water of your pet. This way you can also help to bring your pets body temperature down, which will ensure that they don’t overheat and don’t require veterinary assistance.

Dog owners also shouldn’t muzzle their pets when it is very hot outside, as that will restrict their ability to pant. And since panting is one of the main ways how dogs cool off their body temperature, muzzling can prevent your dog from getting some much needed cooling off and therefore rise the chance of your dog getting a heat stroke.