Beat the Summer Heat With These 5 Safety Tips

Summertime is a wonderful opportunity to savor the great outdoors with your furry companions, enjoying activities like fetch in the park, scenic hikes, or simply lounging in the backyard. We at Animal Medical Care know that your pets love spending time outside as much as you do. However, with the season of sun and fun also comes potential dangers for your beloved pets, such as high temperatures and outdoor hazards like ticks and snakes. In this article, we’ll explore five essential summer safety tips to ensure your furry friend stays safe and happy all season long.

1. Stay Hydrated

Keeping your pets hydrated during the summer is crucial to prevent dehydration and heatstroke. Always make sure to provide plenty of fresh, clean water for your pets, especially when they are outdoors. For an extra refreshing treat that helps cool them down, try freezing ice cubes made from low-sodium broth or plain water.

2. Protect from the Sun

Pets, like humans, can also suffer from sunburn. To shield your pet from harmful UV rays, limit their sun exposure during peak hours, generally between 10 am and 4 pm. If they must be out during these times, consider investing in pet-safe sunscreen specifically formulated for animals. Apply the sunscreen to areas like their nose, ears, belly, and any other skin exposed to the sun. Regular sunscreen meant for humans can be toxic to pets, so be sure to choose the appropriate product.

3. Avoid Hot Surfaces

As temperatures rise, hot concrete and asphalt can burn your pet’s paws. Whenever possible, walk your dog during cooler parts of the day and avoid hot surfaces altogether. A simple trick to check if the ground is too hot for your pet is to place your hand on the pavement for seven seconds. If it’s too hot for your hand, it’s definitely too hot for your furry friend’s paws.

4. Check for Ticks

Ticks are prevalent during the summer months and can transmit diseases that harm both pets and humans. After your pets spend time outside, especially in wooded or grassy areas, be sure to thoroughly check them for ticks. Pay close attention to their armpits, ears, belly, and other hairless areas. If you find a tick, remove it promptly with tweezers and monitor your pet for any signs of illness.

5. Keep Away from Snakes

Summer is a time when snakes may be more active, posing a potential threat to your pets. Teach your pet to avoid snakes and consider keeping them on a leash while hiking or exploring wooded areas. If, unfortunately, your pet gets bitten by a snake, seek immediate veterinary attention.

In conclusion, summer can indeed present hazards for your pets, but by following these five essential summer safety tips, you can ensure their well-being and happiness all season long. At Animal Medical Care, we are always here to offer advice and support. Remember, prevention is key, so take the necessary steps to protect your furry friend this summer.