Fido Alert

Summer safety tips for pets

By Christina Valenta July 22, 2016

Sunset summer heatJuly and August are some of the hottest months of the year and a tough time for pets. Living in Florida, we’re no strangers to the heat, but it’s always a good to remind ourselves of the importance of heat safety and pets. Remember, since dogs and cats can’t sweat, they’re very vulnerable to heat stroke.

Keep them inside when it’s really hot
As much as our pets want to be outside, running around, it’s not good to have them out when in the afternoon when the sun is blazing. Consider adjusting your walk schedule to be early in the morning, or late in the evening so that your avoiding intense sun and hot street and sidewalk surfaces.

Always give tons of shade and access to water
When a pet does have to be outside, make sure that you give your pet access to shade and water. Don’t rely on a dog house, since they don’t allow for a lot of air flow. Instead, look to tarps and trees for shade. When possible, add ice to water to help keep their body temperature down.

Groom your pet
Brushing will help remove thick undercoat and excess hair. Keeping your pet regularly brushed will help them stay cool in the summer!

sunset-1151790_1920.jpg by Myriams-fotos. Image CC by Public Domain via Pixabay. 

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