Ahh, summer! The sun is shining and the air is warm. You can't wait to take your pets out for some fun after a long cold winter and rainy spring. Here are some tips that will keep your fur-babies safe while having fun this summer:
Limit outdoor exercise when the humidity is high and on very hot days. Go to the dog park in the early hours or in the evening after dinner.
Never leave your pet in the car. Regardless of the temperature outside, if it's a sunny day the inside of your car is dangerous, even if the window is open.
Avoid walking your pet on asphalt. Their feet pads can burn if the asphalt is too hot. If your hand gets hot when you hold it to the asphalt for 30 seconds, then it's too hot for your pet. Keep to the grassy areas.
Keep plenty of cool water within reach of your pet to avoid dehydration. Add a few ice cubes so your pet can keep cool.
Keep the house cool when you are away. Remember, if it's too hot for you, it's too hot for your pet. Your pet doesn't sweat like you do to keep cool, so a blowing fan is not effective in keeping them cool.
Don't allow your pet to play in an area treated with pesticides.
If you have any safe summer tips, please share them with us!