We’re sharing our favorite tips and tricks to help keep your pets safe this summertime. You may not know which common foods are harmful to your pets, or what type of sunscreens should always be avoided for Fido! Explore 10 key factors to keeping your pets safe over the next few months, below:
10 Tips & Tricks to Keep Your Pets Cool this Summer
- Always keep an eye on the hot pavement during summertime. Before taking your dog on a walk this summer, be sure the blacktop you’re walking on isn’t a hazard to their paws. If the road is too warm for your hand to touch for more than a few seconds, do not walk them! You may risk burning their feet.
- When managing your backyard landscape with chemicals (such as weed preventers), try to pick up your pet’s toys beforehand. Keep in mind; plant foods and fertilizers can be appealing to your pets yet toxic for them.
- When getting your pet a summer haircut, a good rule of thumb is to consider “how you and your pet will be spending your summer,” according to Pet MD. “For dogs who spend time poolside… pool water and chemicals can wreak havoc on a dog’s coat, making it easier to mat, and if the coat doesn’t dry completely, it can be smelly. Pool chemicals should be rinsed from the dog’s coat as they can be harmful to the skin.”
- “The safest and most effective sunscreen to put on your dogs is one that is specifically designed for canine use”, according to Pet MD. Please note: the following ingredients in sunscreens are toxic to dogs: zinc oxide and para-aminobenzoic acid (PABA). Don’t use any type of sunscreen on your pet without your veterinarian’s approval, and never apply tanning lotions or oils to your pet.
- Did you know that dogs and cats can only sweat through their footpads and nose? Panting is how they dissipate their body heat, but its effect is limited and under extreme conditions they can be overwhelmed.
- Recognize the signs of heat stroke:
- excessive panting, drooling or difficulty breathing
- wobbly, uncoordinated movement
- restless behavior as your dog or cat tries to find a cool spot
- redness of the tongue and gums
- hot paws
- Common barbeque foods for humans can pose risks for your pets! Keep these foods away from your furry family members: bones from meat scraps may splinter and cause digestive damage, avocado plants and guacamole, and onions.
- Pets left outside should be steered away from access to pools, similar to young children. Also, keep in mind that our furry friends are closer to the ground, so be sure adequate time passes before letting them onto treated turf.
- Did you know? Maine is the #1 state in the country for cases of Lyme. Keep your pet safe by ensuring they’re treated for ticks and fleas, year-round.
- Maintaining a clean exterior to your house can aid in the reduction of nature’s creatures. Snakes look for homes in wood piles, leaves and rock piles, raccoons and common rabies carrying vermin seek trash and scraps (close those compost bins tight).
Explore 3 Fun Activities for Dogs in the Summertime!
- Take your dog for a swim at the local lake! Swimming is a fantastic source of exercise for your canine companion during warmer months. Always be sure to keep an eye on your dog while they’re in the water and don’t allow them to over-do it!
- Treat your cat or dog to a pet-safe cool treat. Consider freezing your dog’s favorite treat inside an ice cube (but be sure to watch them enjoy it so they don’t choke).
- Set up a sprinkler for you and your dog to enjoy on a hot day!
Ensure You’re Keeping Your Pets Safe this Summer
Give our office a call and we would love to provide you with the information you need to keep your dog or cat safe this summer. You can call us at (207) 453-7387, swing by our office in Fairfield or shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll talk to you soon!