Summertime Pet Safety

The warm weather is here and the world outside beckons! Most pets enjoy being outdoors as much as we do, so let’s keep them safe this season.

All pets, even those who stay indoors, should be wearing identification tags with up-to-date info if you should be separated. If they’re not microchipped, talk with your veterinarian about this simple procedure that greatly improves your chances of getting your pet back if they become lost.

4th of July – Fireworks upset many pets, especially with their delicate hearing:

  • If your pet needs medications to stay calm during fireworks (or summer thunderstorms), contact your veterinarian’s office ASAP.  Don’t wait until the last minute to get prescriptions filled, as your vet may require a full pet exam
  • Keep your pet home during fireworks displays – they will be happier there
  • Keep blinds/shades closed to hide flashes
  • Put on soft music, or the TV on a low volume, to help drown out noises
  • Be sure pets have medication by sundown, as fireworks start soon after that

Barbecues/Parties – Be sure your pet remains safe while you’re busy hosting the best party of the summer:

  • Consider putting your pets in a safe, escape-proof room or crate in your home during parties
  • If that’s not possible, ask your guests to keep an eye on your pets to make sure they don’t escape. Place notes on exit doors and gates to help you and your guests remain vigilant
  • Don't let pets get near your barbecue grill while it is in use or still hot.
  • Avoid the urge to feed your pets table scraps or other foods intended for people. Be especially careful to keep them away from these common foods that are toxic 
  • After the party, check both your yard and home for food scraps or other debris that might be dangerous to pets, such as food skewers


Sun and Outdoors – Keep your pets on the cool side:

  • Do not leave pets unattended in cars, even if the windows are partially open. In just minutes, the internal temperature of a car will soar in summer weather
  • Keep pets inside your home when it's extremely hot/humid; make sure they have access to shady spots and plenty of water when outdoors
  • Don't leave them outside for extended periods in hot weather
  • Don’t leave them unattended if they’re in any body of water
  • Know the signs that your dog may be overheating
  • Walk your dog early in the morning, or in the cooler evening hours to avoid hot asphalt. To determine is it’s too hot for your dog to walk on, place your hand comfortably on the pavement for 10 seconds. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your dog’s paws
  • Just like people, dogs can be prone to sunburn. Dogs with white or thin coats and dogs with light-pigmented noses and eyelids are also more at risk. This includes breeds like Collies, Dalmatians, Bulldogs, Whippets, and any dog with light or white pigment on their ears or near their nose. Your veterinarian can give you advice about sunscreens made for dogs

There’s nothing like having your bestie by your side as you enjoy everything summer has to offer.  Be happy, stay cool, and keep safe!

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