Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Summer Time Is Here! Here Are Some Helpful Tips To Keep Your Animals Safe!

Summer is a great time for pet owners and pets alike to get outside and be more active. There are many places that are becoming more welcoming to our four legged friends, making it easier to take them with us on travel. However, there are some precautions every pet owner should take when bringing their furry companions along on trips or even just out in the yard.

If you're headed to the beach (or anywhere) with the pup in the car, make sure you get all shopping done prior to them coming with you. In the summer heat, even leaving the windows cracked open is not enough to prevent dangerous temperatures from occurring in a vehicle. If you need to get something for your trip, try to find a market that has a drive thru or see if you can take the animal in the store with you.
Also, while "Fido" might prefer to sit shotgun, an animal is always safer traveling in the back seat of the car. There are many seat belt adapters on the market made for keeping your furry friend safe.

Sun & Surf!
Believe it or not some dogs can get sunburned, especially on their nose. This is something to keep in mind while spending the day at the beach. Many dogs like jumping through the waves, but the blazing sun can do real damage to their skin. Fortunately, there are a few doggie sunscreens on the market in a variety of different applications.

Keeping The Morning Jog!
If running with you dog is a normal part of your routine, make sure to do it in early morning or late evening. The direct afternoon sun is too hot and can cause dehydration for both animal and owner alike. If you normally run on the road, try to find hiking trails instead. The woods will provide shade and will be cooler than running in direct sun and the dirt trails are better for paw pads. If you do go running on the asphalt, test the temperature first to make sure your dog won't get burns on his paw pads. Stand barefoot on the asphalt in direct sun, if it's too hot for you to walk comfortably barefoot, it's too hot for the dog. (This test should also be done before allowing kitty outside if you have an indoor/outdoor cat.)

  Also, make sure to take water along, when ever you stop to rest allow puppy to drink.

Keep Off The Grass!
When walking your dog, keep them off neighbors yards. During this time of year many people put down fertilizer and pesticides that are toxic to our beloved pets. This also applies to anyone who has an indoor/outdoor cat. Kitty is always safer being kept inside, especially since cats groom themselves and will end up ingesting any chemicals that gets on their fur. 
Tall grasses can also contain ticks, fleas and other things we don't want our animals getting into or coming home with. Talk to your vet about different flea and tick preventatives available and which options might be best for you and your animals.

Watch For Puddles!
During the hot months a lot of cars can leak fluids from overheating or expanding. Unfortunately, dogs and cats both find the taste of antifreeze to be sweet and might try to drink it. Antifreeze is highly toxic if ingested so make sure you keep a watch on your dog and any puddles they might try to drink from. Since cats like to travel and you can't always watch where kitty goes exploring, think about keeping kitty inside.

Tips & Tricks To Beat The Heat:
  • Always keep a fresh water source available and filled. You can put a water bowl under a dripping spigot so it will automatically replenish. To encourage cats to drink more, try getting a pet water fountain as the cycling water encourages them to drink more.
  • If you need to cool down a pet fast, be careful that you don't put their body into shock. Use room temp/slightly warm water to "soak" down an animal who is too hot. This helps to make sure the temperature change is not so drastic. Alternatively you can wipe an animals paw pads with rubbing alcohol which will also lower their body temperature as it evaporates.
  • With a damp towel, wipe the inside of the animals ears. This will help disperse heat similarly to the paw pad trick.
  • Get one of the self spray misters and use it on your dog.
  • Many animals like to lay on tile floors on a hot day because it is cool. You can make this even more effective by placing a damp towel on the tile for them to lay on. 
  • If you have your dog outside in the yard with you for extended periods of time, make sure their is a shady spot that they can lay down to escape the sun.
Most importantly, spend time together and have fun!