One of the first steps in keeping your pets safe in the summer is being aware of the dangers of heat. Pets can stay cool quite well through their natural cooling techniques, like panting, but when temperatures and humidity both climb, they will start to struggle. Make sure they always have adequate supplies of water and can find shade or shelter on hot days.
Never leave your pet in the car. Choose pet friendly businesses or leave your pet at home when you are out and about. The exposure from the sun can quickly raise your car’s internal temperature above 100 degrees, even on a relatively cool day, and your animal will have no way out.
As you spend more time outdoors with your pet, make sure you keep her on a leash. Summer is a common time for pets to wander off while their owners are simply enjoying time outdoors.
Do not forget to apply some sun block on your pet’s exposed skin. They can get sunburns just like you. If possible, keep your pet indoors between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the exposure to the sun is at the highest.
Remember, you are the only one who can keep your pet comfortable during the summer. With these tips, you can both enjoy a relaxing time during the “dog days” of summer.