Summer heat and humidity take their toll on humans and animals alike. The summer season can be especially difficult for pets. Having an ever-present coat of thick fur definitely makes staying cool more of a challenge!
Here are several important tips on how to keep your furry friend happy and safe this summer.
1) Never leave pets in a parked car.
This one may seem obvious, but temperatures in a parked car can quickly rise to dangerous levels. Avoid leaving your pet behind, and jump into action if you see someone else’s animal trapped in a hot car. You might just save a life.
2) Limit exercise on a hot day.
On a hot day, you should ideally exercise your pet during the morning or evening hours -- the coolest times of the day. If this isn’t possible, be sure to test the concrete/asphalt with your bare feet to make sure it is cool enough to walk on. Always provide ample shade, water, and rest for your pet when out and about!
3) Be wary of high humidity levels.
High humidity levels make it difficult for pets to cool themselves, and they can easily become overheated. Be sure your pet stays cool and gets plenty of water to stay hydrated!
4) Keep pets away from insecticides, fertilizers, and coolant.
Animals are often attracted to the chemicals that make up these products. While some are harmless, others can cause illness or even death. Keep your pet away from areas recently sprayed with insecticides and freshly fertilized soil. Additionally, consider switching to a more animal-friendly coolant for your car.
5) Make sure your pet is wearing a visible collar and nametag with an attached TrackR.
Summer parties or outings to the beach provide a tempting opportunity for your pet to wander off. Be sure that your pet’s microchip has the most up to date information and that his name is clearly displayed on his collar. Additionally, attaching a TrackR to your pet’s collar will help to ensure that you can locate him if he does manage to pull off a Houdini-like stunt!
Summer brings new challenges for pet owners, but you can keep your furry family members safe by following these few common sense suggestions. Wishing you and your pets a safe and healthy summer!