Summer is starting to hit hard here in Utah. Which means more time spent outside for you and your pet. Although summer is a time for fun in the sun, it’s important to be aware of the risks in order to keep your pet safe. Here are several summer safety tips for you animal.
1. Never leave your pet in the car.
Hundreds of pets diet from heat exhaustion due to being left in parked cars. With Utah’s temperatures reaching the triple digits, it’s vital that you never leave you pet in the care, even if the windows are rolled down.
2. Don’t exercise your pet during hot weather.
We recommend exercising your pet in the morning or evening. In order to protect your dog’s paws, avoid walking them on the hot pavement. If necessary, take quick potty breaks and have playtime indoors. If you suspect heat stroke, cool your pet down with cold water and contact your veterinarian immediately. Make sure they have plenty of fresh drinking water at all times.
3. Be aware of fireworks.
Summer is a prime time for fireworks. Unfortunately, most pets tend to be scared of the loud booms and bright lights. We recommend closing the windows and doors so your furry loved on feels comfortable. If necessary, play soothing music to drown out the firework booms.
4. Make sure vaccines are up to date.
Keeping your pet up-to-date on vaccines and on monthly parasite prevention is especially important during the summer months because of the increased exposure to diseases such as parvo or kennel cough, as well as intestinal parasites such as roundworms or hookworms.
Being aware of these dangers and planning accordingly can help lead to an enjoyable summer for both you and your pet.