The Dos and Don’ts for Summer Pet Safety
As the summer weather provokes more activity outside, pet owners should consider leaving their pets inside instead. Unfortunately, hundreds of pets are injured each year due to various summer hazards. Although everyone is aware of the heat that summer brings, many do not seriously consider the effects that such heat can have on their pet. As a result, heat stroke is very common amongst animals. First and foremost, people must be able to recognize when their pet is struggling with the heat. Some heatstroke symptoms to be aware of include excessive panting, drooling, fever, and dry skin. These heat stroke dangers are also presented when dogs are locked in cars unattended. Contrary to popular belief, open windows and shade will do little to prevent the car from overheating. Moreover, people should give pets extra water, use air-conditioning or fans to cool off, keep an eye on their pet at all times, and even stay inside if necessary. Furthermore, many pet owners are unaware of the dangers of hot pavement, blacktop, and sand. Dogs often burn their paws while on walks and therefore will develop blisters on their feet, tend to lick their paws excessively, and may also limp. If the pavement is too hot for your feet, then it is too hot for your pet! As people enjoy summer with barbecues, pet owners should also be cautious of hot grills. The grill can seriously burn pets and thus pet owners must be responsible for keeping their pet away. In terms of swimming areas, pet owners must also be aware of drowning and unsafe drinking of pool water. Not all animals are good swimmers!
Despite the numerous hazards that summer may present to pet owners and their animals, summer can still be a fun and safe experience. These hazards, however, must be taken into consideration to ensure the safety of pets, as they are vulnerable to heat stroke, hot pavement, cars, grills, and even pools during the summer. By spreading awareness, more pet owners will be more cautious in caring for their beloved companions and thus reduce the number of injuries to pets during the summer.