The summer is a great season to spend some high quality time with your pets. For dogs, in particular, there will be opportunities throughout the summer where you can spend time outside and in the community together. Whether you go to a summer festival or sit on the patio of a restaurant, plan to hang out with your favorite pet this summer.
However, as fun as the summer is, the heat can be dangerous to your pets. Use these summer safety tips to keep your pet safe throughout the warmer months.
Keep Your Pets Hydrated
When it’s hot outside, pets can dehydrate much like their owners can. If you have a cat that has access to a screened in outdoor patio, make sure that you have a bowl of fresh water on the patio in case they get thirsty. For dogs, offer plenty of water at home, while on walks, and throughout your time spent in the community. You can carry a collapsible water bowl and a bottle of water in a bag so you’re never without water for your pet.
Avoid Cute Outfits in the Summer
While it’s a lot of fun to dress up your dog in a themed outfit or hat, be more careful about having your pet wear cute outfits this summer. Wearing extra layers of clothing can cause your dog to easily overheat. Remember, your pets already have a layer of fur that keeps them safe and warm.
Go Outside When It’s Cooler
If you’re planning to spend time outside with your pet, avoid the hottest part of the day. While this may vary depending on where you live, in general, it is the hottest in the middle of the day from around 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. By planning to go outside before or after this window, you’ll significantly reduce your pet’s risk of dehydration, overheating, and sun stroke.
Think Carefully About Dog-Friendly Summer Events
Before you agree to go to a dog-friendly event in the community this summer, carefully think about your pet. For instance, if your dog spends a lot of time sitting on the couch, walking or running a 5K during the summer may be too much for him even if he’s allowed to go. Or, if it’s a really hot day, will the asphalt burn your dog’s paws? Think about whether your dog will actually have a good time and your dog’s temperament before making firm plans to attend a dog-friendly summer event.
Ensure Your Pets Take Heartworm Medication
Heartworm disease is related to mosquitoes, which are more prevalent during the warm summer months. Even if you don’t use heartworm medication all year, consider using it during the summer months to protect your pet when he is the most vulnerable. Heartworm disease is a painful and lethal condition that you can prevent with heartworm preventative.
Make this summer great for you and your pet. Use a little common sense to avoid the heat and stay hydrated. These tips are a great place to start. For some great pet products for the summer, check out www.njpetsupply.com.