Stay Cool and Safe this Summer
Summertime offers a wonderful chance to revel in the great outdoors alongside your furry companions. From frolicking in the park to exploring picturesque trails, or simply lounging in your backyard, our pets adore spending time outside. However, the season’s soaring temperatures and potential outdoor hazards, such as ticks and snakes, demand careful attention. At Brandt Veterinary Clinic, we’re here to share five crucial summer safety tips to ensure your beloved pets stay safe and happy throughout the season.
1. Hydration is Key
As the mercury rises, keeping your pets well-hydrated becomes paramount to prevent dehydration and heatstroke. Ensure a continuous supply of fresh, clean water is available to your pets, especially during outdoor activities. For an extra refreshing treat, freeze low-sodium broth or plain water into ice cubes for your furry friends to enjoy and stay cool.
2. Guard Against Sunburn
Just like humans, our pets are susceptible to sunburn too. Shield your furry pals from the sun’s harsh rays by limiting their exposure during peak hours, typically between 10 am and 4 pm. Additionally, invest in pet-safe sunscreen to apply to their nose, ears, belly, and other sun-exposed areas. Remember, only use sunscreen specifically formulated for pets, as regular sunscreen can be harmful to them.
3. Watch Out for Hot Surfaces
Rising temperatures can lead to scorching concrete and asphalt, posing a risk of burns to your pet’s paws. Opt for walking your dog during cooler parts of the day and avoid hot surfaces altogether. A simple test is to place your hand on the pavement for seven seconds – if it feels too hot for your hand, it’s definitely too hot for your furry companion’s paws.
4. Check for Ticks
Ticks are prevalent during the summer and can carry diseases harmful to both pets and humans. After outdoor excursions, particularly in wooded or grassy areas, carefully inspect your pet for ticks. Pay close attention to hairless areas, such as armpits, ears, and belly. Should you find a tick, use tweezers to remove it promptly and keep a close eye on your pet for any signs of illness.
5. Beware of Snakes
Summertime may bring more active snakes, posing a potential danger to your pets. Educate your furry friends to avoid snakes, and always keep them on a leash while hiking or in wooded regions. If, unfortunately, your pet is bitten by a snake, seek immediate veterinary attention.
In conclusion, summer may present hazards for our pets, but by adhering to these five essential safety tips, you can ensure their safety and happiness all season long. Remember, prevention is key, so take the necessary precautions to protect your furry friends this summer. If you ever have concerns about your pet’s health or well-being, don’t hesitate to contact Brandt Veterinary Clinic for expert advice and support. Together, we can make this summer a safe and enjoyable one for your beloved companions.