Summer Pet Safety

Summer is a wonderful season to enjoy time with your pets. Keep them protected from health hazards! Here are some things to be aware of and some tips for summer pet safety.

 

Ticks: With all of the time you and your pet will be spending outdoors, one of the biggest dangers is ticks. During the summer, check your pet for ticks at least once a day and look especially thoroughly after walks through wooded areas.

Dehydration and Heat Stroke: Pet dehydration and heat stroke are very real threats. Animals should always have fresh, clean water available. Carry portable water bowls on walks and bring them on vacation or long car rides. Short-nosed dogs (like pugs, Japanese chins and bulldogs), darker-colored pets, animals that are overweight or ones that have thick coats (like Himalayan or Persian cats), are especially prone to pet heat stress.

BBQs and family cookouts: Everyone loves a cookout, especially your pet, who gets to feast on table scraps. But a little of this and a taste of that can be bad for pets–and not just for their waistlines. Some surprising foods, such as grapes, onions, garlic and raisins, can be toxic to dogs if consumed in large quantities and should stay off their menu. Grapes and raisins are safe for cats, but keep onions and garlic away from them. Other problematic foods are corn on the cob, fruits with pits, food with bones, and ice cream.

Share YOUR tips for pet summer safety with us in the comment section below!

 

Julie Perkins

About Julie Perkins

A self-professed "crazy cat lady" and slave to three furry masters, Julie loves all things fuzzy. Throughout her life, she has been owned by cats, dogs, rabbits, gerbils, hamsters, fish and even a hermit crab. A freelance writer who has perfected the fine art of typing with one hand (because there is a cat on top of the other one), she lives in Colorado with her husband and a menagerie of critters.

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