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The summer months bring happiness, pools, sand and nice weather. Also, for pets, it can just as fun, but they need to be protected also. Here’s how to care for your pet during the summer!
Never, EVER Leave Your Pet In A Hot Car
It can take minutes for a pet to get heat stroke. On a 78 degree day, temps in a car can reach up to 100 degrees and up. To be honest, when it’s hot, leave your pet at home. If you have to take them, bring water and a water dish and bring them inside with you.
Protect Them From Fleas, Ticks, Mosquitos
Go the vet and get them protected. Also have your pet examined for Heartworm, Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
Watch Their Paws!
Just like with humans, be careful of pets paws on hot asphalt, it can burn.
Access to Fresh Water
Since dogs really don’t have a way to cool themselves down, make sure your pet has plenty of shades and lots of water.
If Your Dog Loves Water, Get them in a Pool
Dogs who love the water will dig it more if they have a way to keep themselves cool.Sometimes, a small-kiddie pool is the answer.
FYI, Dogs Can Sunburn
Especially if they have short or light coats. Sunburns for them are just as painful as they would be for humans. Ask your vet about getting a sun screen for your pet.
When in doubt, leash ’em.
If you want to explore the sights and sounds with your pet, put them on a leash. Summer brings our plenty of flowers, people, places and things that will get your fur babie’s attention. To ensure they don’t get lost, put them on a leash and explore the city together.
Just Because Dogs Can Instinctively Swim, doesn’t mean they’re good at it.
Please make sure that you monitor your pets while their in the pool. Some of them, especially the smaller dogs, need help getting help or getting around. Leaving them unattended, could be harmful.
Get Off That Winter Weight
Like humans, pets can gain weight during the Winter months. Get them back into exercising daily as much as possible.
For Your Cats, Screen Your Windows!
Cats love window sills, they love the sun, they love to keep cool. But please make sure that you screen in your windows. No one wants kitty falling out.