Taking simple precautions can help you and your furbaby enjoy the dog days of summer.
Protect Your Pets From UV Rays
Many dogs and cats love to soak up sun rays. Just like humans, our pets, especially those with white or light coats, can sunburn. Limit your pet's sun exposure and use pet-friendly sunscreen (tips of ears, nose, and forehead). DO NOT USE human sunscreen. It is toxic to pets when ingested.
Learn to Recognize Heatstroke
- Excessive panting
- Difficulty breathing
- Increased drooling
- Glassy eyes
- Dark gums
What to do in the case of heatstroke? Cool your pet down with wet towels. If your pet is alert, offer ice cubs (NOT ice water!) Seek vet care immediately. Your pet's body temperature may be high enough to cause brain damage and induce seizures, coma, and even death.
When Playing in a Pool or Lake, Use a Dog Life Jacket
Bright colors, handles, buoyancy, and correct fit are musts.
Check Your Pet Daily for Ticks and Fleas
Fleas and ticks can cause anemia, harbor harmful parasites, and carry diseases such as Lyme Disease.
Practice the 5-Second Rule Before Going on a Walk
If you cannot hold the back of your hand on the sidewalk or parking lot, then it is too hot and will burn your pup's paws.
Provide Plenty of Cold Drinking Water and Shade
Dehydration in dogs and cats is a real possibility during the summer.
Never Leave Your Pet in a Vehicle
You may think leaving your pet in a car for a few minutes is no big deal. However, it can take less than 10 minutes for heatstroke to develop in dogs and cats inside the hot vehicle.