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Keep Your Cool This Summer with our Pet Safety Checklist

Posted July 4, 2014

The dog days of summer are upon us. And though the warmer months provide ample opportunity for fun in the sun, they also present a number of safety hazards that diligent pet owners need to avoid . The good news is that making a few simple adjustments to your regular routine can make a huge difference for your pets’ wellbeing in the warmer weather. Take a peek at our Summer Safety Checklist to make sure you’re doing everything necessary to keep your furry friends safe and healthy this summer.

In the Car
Heatstroke is among the most serious pet safety risks associated with summer, and one of the easiest ways for a pet to succumb to this life-threatening condition is to be left in an unattended vehicle. Even with the windows cracked cars heat up extremely quickly, causing serious damage to an animal’s internal organs. You may think you’ll be “just a minute” inside the store, but you’re best instead to secure your pet’s leash to a designated pet area (especially those with a bowl of water!), or to leave your furry friend at home altogether.

On the Driveway
If your pet is spending more time around your garage or driveway, beware of the dangers of antifreeze. During the summer months, cars can overheat and leak this substance onto the ground below. Though extremely toxic (even in small amounts), antifreeze tastes sweet and a little puddle discovered on the pavement can be hard to resist for a pet. If you suspect your pet has ingested antifreeze it’s essential to act immediately. Contact your veterinarian right away and take any steps necessary to save your pet.

On the Run
Many dog owners love sharing a good, long jog with their canine companion – it’s an excellent way for everyone to get as much exercise as they need, all in one fell swoop. But remember: Though you packed your parka away in the closet months ago, dogs are unable to do the same, instead wearing their winter coat all year long. Consider changing your running routine to the early morning or later evening, or stop by a nearby splash pad, lake, or pond along the way for a cooling dip.

In the Dog House
Does your dog or cat live outside? Make sure their living space has sufficient shade throughout the day, and access to fresh water. If you keep your animal tethered, think ahead to avoid the pet trailing a leash and getting stuck in a full-sun area for long stretches of time. Take the time to hose your dog down before leaving in the morning and periodically throughout the day to keep them cool.

On the Lawn
Ticks and mosquitoes can carry serious diseases extremely harmful to pets. To avoid the risk  of infection, it’s best to create clean, clear areas in the backyard where these pesky insects are unable to breed. This means clearing away old leaves and yard debris, keeping grass short, and removing any standing water. You can also use a natural pet supplement such as NHV’s Target Spray  to naturally repel insects from your pet’s coat. This proprietary formulation is specifically designed to repel ticks, mosquitoes, fleas, and flea eggs and soothe skin irritated from pesky bites.

In addition to these summer-specific safety hazards, keep in mind the common sense rules that last all year long. For instance, be mindful of traffic while your pet is in the yard or out on a walk. Keep all chemicals out of reach from curious pets. And never let your pet play with any toy that may prove a choking or strangling hazard, like a piece of string or a broken tennis ball. A little bit of foresight can go a long way in keeping a pet safe. Prevent safety hazards from happening in the first place and you’ll avoid countless emergencies taking place in the future.

How do you change your safety routine during the summer months? What is your pet’s favourite activity in the warm weather?

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