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Summertime health and safety tips for pets

Keep your pet happy this summer

From SheKnows Canada
Your pet needs special attention during the warmer months of the year! As a pet owner, you need to keep in mind the safety and health requirements of your pet. Here is a brief rundown on how to keep your pets happy when the weather heats up.

Dog on the lawn

A safe and healthy pet is a happy pet. Here are some summer pet care tips that will help your pet enjoy the summer months as much as you do!

Never leave a pet in the car

A vehicle can quickly heat up under the scorching rays of the summer sun and become dangerous to a pet locked inside. Unsafe conditions can arise even when the windows are cracked open or the outside temperature is mild, such as on a spring or fall day, for instance. A hot car can cause your pet to become overheated and possibly lead to heatstroke or death.

Modify the exercise routine

When the weather heats up, it's time to modify the routine to prevent overexertion and heatstroke. Regular exercise is important for your pet year-round, so just make a few simple changes to keep him happy and healthy. If your dog enjoys going on a jog with you or off-leash time at the local park, take him out in the early morning or late evening when the temperature is cooler. Daily walks should also be scheduled to avoid the heat of the midday sun. Be sure to take lots of water with you to rehydrate your pet when outside.

Supply extra water

Pets can get dehydrated quickly in summer, so make sure to give them plenty of cool water. Check the water dish several times a day to make sure it's always topped up with fresh water. If your pet spends time outdoors, make sure a water source is available outside as well.

Keep them out of the sun

When your pet is outside, make sure he has a shady place to rest. Your pet shouldn't be left outside unsupervised during the summer months when overheating is a concern, so try to keep them inside as much as possible.

Groom them often

Brushing out your furry friends more often to remove excess hair and tangles can keep your pet cooler. If your pet has long or thick hair, a trim by the groomer may help prevent overheating.

Other tips

  • Watch the roads; asphalt can be scorching hot from a day in the sun and burn sensitive paws.
  • Keep your pet away from toxic lawn and garden chemicals. Clean up spills from such products as spray-on fertilizer and antifreeze right away to prevent your pet from accidental poisoning.
  • Prevent sunburn on exposed areas by using an animal-friendly sunscreen on your pet.

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