12 Jul 2010 Summer Safety Tips for You and Your Pet

The heat is on! Massachusetts residents have experienced record heat in the last few weeks and it looks like more is yet to come. Summer is usually a time when you and your pet can enjoy the nice weather and the outdoors, but the season can also offer up some situations which may endanger your pet. With some simple preparation and precautions, you’ll be able to ensure that you and your pet have a safe, happy and healthy summer! The following are some simple tips from The Humane Society of the U.S.:

Never Leave Your Pet in the Car

With the nice weather upon us, New Englanders love taking their pets for a ride while we run errands or head out to travel. Unfortunately, the inside of your car can reach up to 120 degrees, even when parked in the shade. Most people believe that cracking the windows will help alleviate the heat, though this is not the case. And dogs and cats can’t perspire. They can only dispel heat by panting or through the pads of their feet. Your best bet? Keep your favorite furry friend cool and refreshed at home while you’re away.

Don’t Put Your Pooch in the Bed of Your Truck

Even the outside of your vehicle can be dangerous to man’s best friend! Flying debris could cause series injuries, not to mention the possibility of your pet being thrown from the vehicle should you suddenly hit your brakes, swerve your car, or get hit by another vehicle. Not to mention that in some states it is illegal to drive with your pet in the back of your pick-up!

Watch Out for Fertilizers, Plants and Antifreeze

Plant food, fertilizer and insecticides can be fatal to your pet if they ingest them. And even some indoor plants can cause series harm to your pets. Be sure to mind your pets while they run through the garden or sniff at your indoor décor. Hot weather may tempt your pet to drink from puddles in the street. Be careful as these may contain antifreeze or other harmful chemicals.

Talk to Your Vet

Check to see if your pet should be taking preventative medication for heartworm disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. For outdoor pets, always check for fleas and ticks. If you find any, only use treatments recommended by your veterinarian.

Water Watch

Give your pets plenty of water and shade while they enjoy the outdoors. And remember to prevent free access to pools. If you do allow them in for a swim, always supervise them like you would a small child.

Exercise Safely

On hot days, limit your walks to early morning or evening hours when the temperature is likely to be cooler. Remember, hot pavement burns your pet’s paws, just like it does to our unprotected feet! Tread lightly, as your pet could suffer from heat exhaustion or heat stroke.

Can you think of any other good tips? If so, leave us a comment. We’d love to hear from you, our valued readers!

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