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Depending on who you talk to, the best things in life are both dangerous and delightful in equal measure. Take, for example, roller coasters, bungee jumping, eating raw fish, deep sea diving, and of course, summer! 

While it’s true that the warmest season of the year is filled with great fun, memorable vacations, and backyards full of fireflies, summer also has the potential to cause big problems for pets.

Your pet’s health is our top priority, and with our summer pet safety strategies you and your furry friends can have your (chocolate-free) cake and eat it, too.

Help Your Pet Beat the Heat!

The effects of the sun can be profoundly dangerous for pets. Ideally, they should stay inside during the peak hours of 10 am and 4 pm.

If your pet is enjoying the great outdoors in the middle of the day, be sure they have pet-specific sunscreen, sunglasses, protection for their paw pads, protective clothing, life jacket (if on the water), unrestricted access to cool water, and breaks in the shade.

Awareness Counts

Closely monitoring your pet’s behavior is essential to summer pet safety. Even if they’re acting only slightly “off”, it may be worth it to stop your outdoor or public activity and head home.

Overexposure to the heat, paired with dehydration, can quickly cause heat exhaustion (mild) or heat stroke (severe). Never leave your pet alone in a parked car (even if the windows are cracked, or you parked in the shade). Inside temperatures can  skyrocket within minutes, potentially exposing  a pet to a life threatening situation.

Water Dangers for Pets

Pools should be fenced in or outfitted with a protective cover. Provide a pet lifejacket, and discourage them from drinking the water. Be careful not to enter water with dangerously high levels of harmful algae blooms. Constant supervision is critical on and around the water. 

Summer Noise Anxiety

Pets commonly freak out during thunderstorms or firework displays. Even if your pet has previously shown no signs of stress related to loud noises, noise anxiety can cause a pet to behave in uncharacteristic ways. Check to ensure they’re wearing ID tags and that their microchip information is up to date, as escape attempts are a real threat during summer.

Bring your pet inside at the first sign of a storm or fireworks show. Comfort them and provide a quiet environment to wait it out.

Garden and Garage Pet Safety

Finally, keep your yard, garden, and garage free from toxins such as fertilizers, pesticides, and snail or rodent bait.

Pour out standing water to prevent mosquitoes and reduce overgrown shrubs, low-hanging branches or wood piles to hinder pests that carry (and drop) ticks and fleas. Please let us know if your pet needs their parasite prevention medication and/or vaccinations updated.

Summer Pet Safety For All

If you have further questions or concerns about summer pet safety, please contact us. We’re always here for you at King’s Trail Animal Hospital.