Hello Friends, the Duck & Turtle guys here with some useful summer safety tips to help you beat the heat by keeping your pet cool & comfortable, happy & healthy.
We hope you’re having a GRAND summer so far! We’re only 10 days into it. But if you live in Nuevo Mexico, then, like me, you’ve probably been calling it summer for about a month just because in terms of the weather, it definitely feels that way!
So, summer is here…. and what does that mean?? (For one, it means sharing some summer safety tips is in order 🙂 )
It means cooking outside, going swimming, running through sprinklers, the 4th of July! It also means staying hydrated and cooling out under an a/c as much as possible…. am I right? 🙂
Most importantly, though, summer means keeping your pets safe from dehydration, overheating, sunburn, and parasites.
We humans are pretty good at fending for ourselves when it comes to keeping cool in summertime, but our pets…. not so much.
So here are our summer safety tips to help you help them prepare for the “dog days” of summer:
• Implement an effective flea and tick control program (best done in the spring!)
• Always have fresh, cool water in multiple spots around your house and plenty of it so that ALL your pets have enough to stay hydrated. Adding a few ice cubes to your pet’s water dish is a refreshing treat!
• On the go with your pet? Keep a water bottle that’s just for them, filled with fresh, cool water.
• NEVER leave your pet in a vehicle! The temperature inside a parked vehicle can surpass 100 degrees in a matter of minutes!
• If you keep your pet outdoors, purchase a cheap “kiddy” pool and keep it filled with cool water in the shade for your pet to cool off.
• Walk dogs in grassy areas; paws can quickly burn on hot asphalt. You may consider paw protectors such as shoes or booties. Press the back of your hand firmly against the pavement for 7 seconds to verify if it will be comfortable for your dog, and use the following table as a guide:*
When Air Temperature is: Asphalt has been measured at:**
77°F…………………………………………………………….125°F (at this temp, skin destruction can occur in 60 seconds)
**These temperature correlations represent worst-case-scenario factors: direct sun, no wind, very low humidity, and high radiant energy.
*Source: Berens J. Thermal contact burns from streets and highways. Journal of the American Medical Association; 214 (11): 2025-2027
• Summer safety tips can easily be forgotten when you’re distracted or outdoors having fun. Leave your pet at home with a professional pet sitter if you are going out to do activities that will have you in full sun. During extremely hot weather, your pet would prefer shade to sunshine.
• If you do go out with your pet, remember these summer safety tips AND be keenly aware of excessive panting, reddened gums, dehydration, confusion, lack of muscle coordination as these are signs of heatstroke. To treat them, get them to a shady, cool place, cool them with wet towels, and call your veterinarian.
• Avoid “travel trauma” by leaving your animal in the care of a professional pet sitter while on vacation. Your pet remains in its own familiar, secure home environment and receives the love and personal attention it needs while you’re away. ♥
• If you do decide to take your pet along with you on vacation, remember these summer safety tips: plan your route ahead of time, locate animal-friendly lodging, and include plenty of travel time for potty breaks and exercise breaks for your pet.
And last, but not least….(No round-up of summer safety tips for your pet would be complete without it!)
• Remember to avoid the heartache of heartworm by having an early detection test done and using preventative medication.
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Wishing you all a fun and safe summer with the help of these important summer safety tips!! 😀