Make it a Safe Summer for Your Pet.
|January 14, 2015
Keep Your Pets Safe this Summer – Follow These Tips
- Don’t leave pets in parked cars on warm days. Learn more here.
- Dogs should never ride in the back of pick-up trucks. In a sudden stop or quick turn, dogs can be thrown from the vehicle and seriously injured or killed. Make sure your pet rides inside and wears a seat belt harness designed for dogs or is in a crate.
- Take care when exercising your pet. On very hot days, limit your dog’s exercise to early morning or evening hours. Sidewalks and driveways can get very hot and can even burn your pet’s paws.
- If you have a pool, make sure your pet can’t get to it when you are not around. If you want to play in the pool with your pooch, be sure to keep an eye on her.
- Provide plenty of fresh water for your pets. When outside, be sure dogs have access to a shady area.
- Be on the lookout for heat stroke. Signs include panting a lot, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, walking unsteady, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue. Move your pet to the shade and apply cool (not cold) water to her body gradually to lower her temperature. Apply cold towels or ice packs to your pet’s neck, head, and chest only. Let your pet drink water or lick ice cubes. And bring her to a vet right away.
- Don’t chain or tether your dog outside.
- Keep your cat inside to keep her safe from other animals and cars.