Summer Safety Tips for Pets
is a great time to enjoy with your best friend. However, take the necessary precautions to prevent injury
or illness for your furry friend.
Never leave your pet in a parked vehicle for any period of time. The
temperature inside a vehicle can quickly reach over 120 degrees. Parking in the shade or leaving a window
cracked open does very little to alleviate this pressure cooker. Pets are much less efficient at cooling
themselves than people are. Remember that dogs can’t perspire and can only dispel bodily heat by
panting and through the pads of their feet which are inadequate for cooling on hot days. Panting and drinking
water helps cool them down but if they only have overheated air to breathe, dogs can suffer brain damage and organ damage
in 15 minutes!!!!
Make sure your pet has cool clean water to drink. Dogs and cats will drink more on hot days and
water warms up quickly.
The color of you dog’s coat can make a difference when thinking about the damaging rays of the sun.
Light colored animals are more prone to sunburn and skin cancer than dark coated dogs. Dogs with
a light colored coat and spend a lot of time in the sun should have easy access to shade at all times and apply sun block
depending on the location of the sensitive skin. Dogs are very adept at licking topical lotions off so
consult your vet as to what would best be appropriate. Dark coated dogs can suffer heat stroke and should
have their time in the sun limited as well
Know the signs of heat stress!!
panting, glazed eyes, rapid heartbeat, restlessness, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse
salivation, vomiting or deep red or purple tongue and unconsciousness
Do the following:
to shade or an air conditioned area.
Apply ice packs or cold towels to your pet’s
head and chest or immerse in cool (not cold) water,
Encourage pet to drink small
amounts of water or lick ice cubes.
TAKE YOUR PET TO A VETERINARIAN.
FOLLOW THE RULES OF THE ROAD and never leave a dog untethered in the back of a pickup truck.
If it is not possible for the dog to travel in the cab of the truck – leave them home! If
that is not feasible, place them in a kennel tethered to the center back of the pickup truck and check frequently.
Many dogs are killed or seriously injured annually when thrown from the back of a truck. It is also
illegal to drive with a dog in the bed of a truck in many areas. Check with your local animal control to
find out what ordinance is in your area.
Never let them hang out the window of a moving vehicle
without goggles. Any road debris can be thrown up and into face and eyes causing serious injury or they
may fall or jump out.
Take pets inside with the threat of a thunderstorm or worse. Loud thunder can frighten a dog.
Do not walk your dog around fireworks besides the obvious danger of burns, loud noise will frighten a dog.
your pet daily for fleas and ticks. These carry disease. See your vet
for preventatives of infestation.
If your pet likes to relax in the shade of the yard or deck, watch out for yellow jackets, bees, toads and snakes.
Bites or sting symptoms are usually swelling of the face or affected area and possible difficulty with breathing.
Once stung or bitten, the pet’s skin may start to look wrinkly or bumpy. This is the first
indicator and if not treated by a vet could result in death due to toxins shutting down the animal’s body or causing
airway swelling and suffocation.
Many dogs love to swim and, as you know, any body of water will do – clean or dirty. In
order to avoid ear mites, along with eye infections and pesky clingy things imbed themselves into the dogs skin they should
be thoroughly rinsed off after taking a dip into lake, pond or river. If your dog loves to jump into the
family pool make sure he knows how to get out safely!! A dog’s instinct will be to turn around and
get out at the point where it fell or jumped in. This is fine unless in a lake or pond but they could drown
in a pool if it adopts this instinctive reaction. Teach your dog how and where to get out of the pool regardless
of where he went in. This includes the family Koi pond!! Kiddie pools are a safe alternative
but your must still be sure to keep the water clean and below the chest level of the smallest dog. Never
leave a dog unattended in any body of water.
Believe it or not all dogs like or know how to swim.
Do not force a timid dog into the water but if a dog seems eager to try let him get used to it slowly.
Beware of diggers and garden munchers – as you work outside in your glorious garden and lawn take a moment
to protect your dog. Harmful exposure from fertilizers, herbicides, insecticides and fungicides can occur
due to inappropriate storage and/or failure to read the directions when using the product. Dogs are really
good at finding that one poorly stored product and chewing containers. Be especially vigilant with insecticides
as they have a higher degree of toxicity.
Poison control center for pets:
for dogs, who often like to eat grass and then vomit, most grasses are nontoxic. Most lawn seed and mulch products are not
associated with toxic problems in pets. Cocoa bean mulch has been the only product associated with poisoning
in dogs. This mulch is made from the hulls of cocoa beans and when fresh has a rich chocolate aroma that
dogs will eat. Any ingestion of this product should be reported to your vet and the pet monitored for unusual
All pets should be monitored when new landscaping is installed.
Please practice pet safety and EVERYONE will be able to enjoy their summer!!
Travel Safe and Wisely!
Summer is a time for fun for all members of the family
including the family pet. Be sure to know the local laws governing pets in the area you will be traveling
in. Be sure vaccinations are up-to-date and don’t expose your animal to disease unnecessarily.
While traveling keep your pet restrained.
Car/camper travel. On the road be sure to keep your animal in a sturdy well ventilated crate.
Anchor the crate in the vehicle in the back seat (air bags can seriously injure an animal) Use a
visible and durable ID tag and have documents in the car that list the number of animals in the vehicle, the type, general
description with recent photo, if available, vaccination history and special needs, their name and your vet’s phone
number. It is also wise to keep a leash available so someone can grab and go look for your pet should they
get loose as a result of an accident. If you are unable to communicate to rescuers, this information will
help get your pet home safe!!!
let an animal travel in the bed of a pick-up unrestrained.