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Summer weather is a great opportunity to take your furry companions for outdoor fun. However, as the warm temperature rises, so do the risks for your pets. With the rising heatwave, pets can succumb to the perils of the sun. Here are a few summer dangers along with tips to prevent them that all pet owners must be aware of.
Most Common Summer Dangers
It is good to head out and entertain your pets with some outdoor activities, but only as long as it is properly supervised. There are many summer dangers lurking around the corner that you must be aware of.
- Excessive pool time, to fight off the parching heat, can be dangerous for your dogs and cats. It could lead to the consumption of harmful chemicals present in the water, causing distress to your pets.
- It is common knowledge to never leave a pet alone in a parked car. However, when it is summertime, you need to be extra cautious. The greenhouse effect occurring in the car can raise the indoor temperature by a huge margin, in just a matter of a few minutes. This can be a huge risk to your pet’s health and must be avoided at all costs.
- Keep your furry friends away from your barbeque parties. This is not only an invitation for risk of burns, but if they feed on inedible meat or swallow a huge chunk of corn on the cob, it can up their risk of intestinal problems.
- If the asphalt pavements and concrete sidewalks are too hot for you to walk on with bare feet, it is equally hot and dangerous for your pets’ paws.
- Be on the lookout for creepy insects and venomous critters, which are exceptionally active during the summertime. A bite from these creatures is not only dangerous for your pet’s health but can also be fatal in certain cases.
Safety and Care Tips
Although the dangers may sound alarming, a watchful eye and a few handy tips are all that you require to keep your pets protected. Some of them are as follows:
- Keep a tag on them for any possible signs of dehydration. Becoming lethargic, excessive drooling, and throwing up are some of the signs of your pets getting overheated and suffering from a heat stroke.
- Make sure that you always have fresh and clean water available for them. While heading outdoors, ensure to carry portable bowls. Cool them using a wet towel or ice pack, and it is never a bad idea to treat them with frozen goodies.
- If you are headed out for a walk with your pet, make sure that you choose shaded areas to walk on. Stick to softer routes without rough pavements and preferably choose a time when the temperature is cooler.
- In the case of medicines being prescribed to your pets, make sure you don’t switch them up. Refrain from applying your dog’s medicines on your cat and vice versa. This can pose serious issues and can be detrimental to their health.
- If you plan on leaving your pets alone in the house, make sure you have someone who can constantly keep a tab on them. Maintain the temperature of the house before leaving. Don’t forget to fill their bowls with food and water and leave behind some pet toys.
- Groom your pets. The thick coat of fur can make them uncomfortable. Excess fur can lead to overheating. But don’t trim them too closely as it also protects your pet from the sun.
It is important to follow these crucial safety tips to make your pets survive through these difficult, scorching months. When the temperature is high and unbearable, stay at home and keeps your pets entertained with dog toys, plush toys etc. Keep a continuous watch on your pets for any signs of danger. If any problem arises and your pet struggles to keep well, contact a vet right away.