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By: Will Sanders
Fun in the sun with your pet can also be dangerous if you’re not properly informed. To prevent injury to your pet, we have compiled a pet summer safety tips for you to consider to keep your pet happy and safe while out in the sun!
Even with the windows cracked, temperatures in your car can reach deadly levels. Even if the temperature outside is only 70°, it can be up to 20° hotter in your car! Within just 30 minutes, a car can go from 85° to 120° even if parked in the shade!
Dehydration can set in very quickly in extreme temperatures. Make sure not to over-exercise them and that they have a cool shady place to get out of the sun. When it is extremely hot, it’s best for pets to stay indoors.
It may be tempting to get a fresh breeze going through your home, but pets can very easily fall out of windows that are not covered with a secure screen. Make sure any existing screens are tightly secured and screen in any that are not.
These types of chemicals can be extremely harmful if ingested. Call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 if your pet has ingested these or other chemicals.
Not only can they become fearful and disoriented from the noise and flashing lights, but there is also a potential for burns or trauma. Even discarded or unused fireworks contain hazardous materials, so never leave your pet alone with them.
You may not notice, because you are wearing shoes, but asphalt gets extremely hot in warmer temperatures. Pet paw pads can burn very quickly, and walks in warmer temperatures should be at a minimum.
This doesn’t mean that you cannot get your pet a trim but be sure to leave enough hair that they will be protected from the sun’s harmful rays.
Warm weather can be a good excuse to enjoy quality time with your pet but always keep their safety in mind! There are exceptions to every rule, so keep in mind your pet’s breed when doing your research. Pets with flatter faces, overweight pets, and young or elderly animals will always be more susceptible to overheating. When planning your summer activities, please keep our pet summer safety tips in mind so everyone has a fun and safe time!