Keep Pets Safe in Summer Heat
Remember your favorite four-legged friend during summer fun. Pets can easily become overheated, lost, stressed or sick during vacation travels. Here are some tips to avoid summertime dangers and help keep your pet safe and healthy.
Dogs and cats don't sweat, so they do not adjust to the heat as easily as humans.
- Be sure that your pet’s vaccinations are current, that you have an adequate supply of any medications your pet needs on a regular basis and that your pet is treated with flea prevention.
- Make sure that your pet has an ID tag with your cell phone number or a microchip. Pets can easily become confused and lost in unfamiliar surroundings.
- Find the names and numbers of veterinarians in the area where you will be staying in case of emergency.
- Before a plane trip, acclimate your pet to the crate for the length of time equal to the length of the plane flight.
- Check with the airlines in advance for travel requirements and restrictions.
- Feed your pet lightly on travel day, one half or less of what is recommended. Dry food can help prevent "accidents."
- On a boat, all dogs, even the good swimmers, should wear a doggie flotation device. If a dog is hurt falling over the side, this may save its life.
- On a long hike, bring snacks. Milk-Bone® and Pup-Peroni® treats can be perfect along with plenty of water.
- In the car, use a car seat designed for pets or a crate. Do not allow pets to ride with its head outside the window.
- Take a pet first aid kit with medications for pain relief and motion sickness and a muzzle (injured pets can and do bite).
- Hot temperatures can be fatal to your pet. Dogs and cats don't sweat, so they do not adjust to the heat as easily as humans.
- Don't leave your pet outside without access to shade. Even a dog house may get hot in the sun; keep the dog house in a shaded area.
- NEVER leave a pet in a car on a warm day, even with the windows cracked. Temperatures can rise to the danger zone in just a few minutes.
- On hot summer days dogs should be given about 50% more water than usual. Make sure that the water bowl is designed and placed so that it cannot be tipped over.
- Take your dog for a walk early in the day or postpone it to the evening when the temperature is lower and the sun is less intense.
- Protect your pet’s paws from hot pavement and sand.
More common-sense reminders
- Take a couple of your pet’s toys or a blanket that smells like home to help calm your pet in new surroundings.
- Not all dogs are good swimmers. Watch non swimmers around pools and lakes as you would a toddler.
- “Pet proof” any new environment as you would your own house and yard to protect your pet's health. This helps to avoid dangerous substances like anti-freeze leaking from an overheated car.
- Keep your dog on a leash or close to you at all times.
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