Humane Society of U.S. Offers Tips to Keep Pets Safe During Summer
Memorial Day weekend is symbolic of the unofficial kickoff of summer, and The Humane Society of the U.S. wants to remind pet owners to start thinking about how hot weather can impact pets. Regardless of the activity, people need to take extra care to keep Sparky safe, from simply taking a walk or just playing in the backyard.
- Don’t leave pets in a car unattended as they quickly warm up to drastically dangerous temperatures, even if you leave the windows open slightly. Even if traveling with pets on a vacation, make sure your furry friend is cool.
- If it’s an extremely hot day, take your animal on shorter walks when temperatures are at their highest. The Society suggests taking longer walks when the temps are cooler– in the morning and evening. Hot sidewalks easily torch a dog’s paw pads, so keep on the grass areas when at all possible.
- Great suggestins for keeping yoru pet cool are K-9 body wraps, vests, mats, pools or outdoor cabana beds.
- Make sure pets are current on their preventative medications and vaccinations. Ticks and fleas love to attaché themselves to pets when the weather is warm. Additionally, summer is the peak time for heartworms. Ask your veterinarian questions about other ways you can keep your pet healthy during summer.
- Keeping cats safe means keeping them indoors. Moving cars and other animals, even pets, are high risk to a cat’s safe keeping. Giving them lots of playtime, toys and indoor cat trees and, a cat will be content to stay indoors.
- Cocoa mulch and other such gardening products may be deadly if ingested. Unfortunately, for some animals, many of these products may have an appetizing scent to some animals. Beware of fertilizers, pesticides, other chemicals used in the garden and home, as they too may also be fatal if ingested.
- Seat belts or other restraining devises designed for pets are also recommended when driving. These designed-for-pets seatbelts and carriers may protect pets if an accident occurs as well as restraining them from distracting the driver. Never allow your pet to ride in the back of a pick-up truck.
- Summer is peak season for dog bites. As kids and dogs migrate to the great outdoors to play outside, the odds of getting bitten increase. You can reduce the risk of dog bites through proper training. Helping your dog through socialization can lessen the risk of dog bites. Kids must learn proper procedure that will keep them safe around pets. However, the owner must take proper steps as well and never leave a dog outdoors unattended. Additionally, chaining a dog for long periods of time in the hot summer sun can result in insect bites, dehydration or heat stroke. Even leaving your dog unattended for short periods can present risks including theft or animal attacks.
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s largest animal protection organization — backed by 11 million Americans, or one of every 28. For more than a half-century, The HSUS has been fighting for the protection of all animals through advocacy, education and hands-on programs. Celebrating animals and confronting cruelty humanesociety.org.
While Vacation Pet Friendly is primarily a place where pet owners may reserve pet-friendly hotels, car rentals and airline tickets, we also want to provide informative tips that will help you with pet care and travel. We thank the Humane Society of the United States for all its work to keep pets safe.