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May 23rd, 2013 at 10:00 am

Summer Pet Safety


With the unofficial first weekend of summer upon us, it’s important to keep some important things in mind for our furbabies that we don’t have to think about the rest of the year.  Follow these tips to make sure your pet stays safe in the season of extreme heat, fireworks, and outdoor parties:

1)      Make sure your pet stays cool.  Even if I’m not feeling particularly warm, I can’t imagine what it must feel like to be in a fur coat when the temperatures are rising.  Put on the air conditioner or fans for your pet and make sure he has plenty of fresh, cold water to drink throughout the day.

2)      Do NOT keep your pet outside (or in a closed car, for that matter) for any extended period of time.  If they must be outside, make sure they have a shady spot to lie down and cold water to drink.

3)      Especially leave them inside on Memorial Day and the 4th of July.  It can be easy for your dog to get lost or into trouble if you bring them to an outdoor event with a lot of people, and fireworks can be dangerous, not to mention frightening, for them.

4)      Practice safety around water.  Don’t just assume that your pet can swim on its own in a big pool or a lake.  Now they make small pools especially for dogs so Rover can stay cool and safe.  For larger bodies of water, make sure they are wearing some kind of flotation device.

5)      Be careful what you feed them.  If you’re having a barbecue, take special care to ensure that your pet can’t get a hold of anything they shouldn’t be eating or drinking, especially chocolate, onions, raisins, grapes, and alcoholic beverages.

Taking this advice into account will ensure that your pet will have a safe and happy summer!

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