Keep your pets safe this summer with these tips
System - Friday, August 24, 2012
Enjoy the warm summer months and ensure the safety of your pets with these seasonal safety tips.
- Never leave an animal in a parked car, even with the windows cracked. A car can heat to extreme temperatures in a few short minutes, causing heat stroke and even death.
- If you run with your pet, consider starting your routine earlier in the morning or later in the evening to avoid peak temperatures, or leave your running buddy at home in the air conditioning so they don’t overexert themselves.
- Always carry extra water. Just like humans, pets may need more liquids in warmer temperatures.
- Be aware of any harmful chemicals that are frequently used in the summer months. Avoid pest-treated areas and be cautious when using anti-freeze (which can be fatal to pets).
- As your pet sheds its undercoat, brush and groom accordingly. Perhaps a summer trim is necessary to keep them comfortable.
- Provide ample shade for your pet or leave them in the air conditioning.
- Always leash your pet when in an unfenced or unfamiliar outdoor area. This will keep them safe from other animals and allow you to supervise them properly.