My Nationwide Magazine | how to keep your pet happy in the heat of summer
Fido and Fluffy will enjoy the warm weather as much as you do, if you take a few precautions.
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
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How to Keep Your Pet Happy in the Heat
Fido and Fluffy will enjoy the warm weather as much as you
do, if you take a few precautions.
Your furry friends are part of your family. Their health and well-being impacts your own peace of mind,
which is why you should keep an extra eye on them during the summer, when high temperatures can be
dangerous. To keep that tail wagging and purr humming, consider the following advice during the summer
No parking. Never leave a pet in a parked car. Period. Even on mild days, the temperature inside the car
can hit 120 degrees in just 30 minutes—and that’s while it’s parked in the shade with the windows open.
All it takes is 15 minutes to put your pet’s life at risk. If you can’t keep your pet with you or have someone
sit with him outside the car, leave him at home.
Keep cool. Parked cars are a danger zone, but any extremely hot summer day can cause heatstroke. If
your pet pants excessively, drools, stares, looks anxious or has warm, dry skin and a rapid heartbeat,
place cool (not cold) towels on her chest and neck and give her small drinks of water. Call the vet right
Apply sunscreen. Dogs and cats with light skin or furless areas can get sunburned if they’re outdoors
too long. Ask your vet about pet-safe sunscreens and how to use them safely. Apply to places where bare
skin is exposed, such as the ears and nose.
Play it safe. When the sun is at its peak between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., avoid excessive exercise with your
pet. If you use lawn treatments such as fertilizers or insecticides, follow package instructions and keep
animals away until it’s safe. Also protect them from poisonous plants, like those listed on theHumane
Travel smart. Fido may love riding in the car, but the open bed of a pickup truck is no place for pets.
They can easily fall or jump out and suffer serious injuries. Stay safe around water, too. If you take your
pet on a boat, he should wear a flotation device. Just like people, not every animal is an expert swimmer.
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