Important Summer Precautions for Pet Owners

Last updated Dec. 02, 2019


Summer is an exciting season for many reasons.

It is the time of the year most of us enjoy vacations, backyard barbecues, and a host of other outdoor activities.

Everything about the summer is bright and beautiful except for the scorching sun that can create lots of discomforts.

The rising temperature does not only affect humans but hurts our pets in many different ways.

As a pet owner, you have the responsibility of taking care of your pet in the summer.

This involves taking steps to keep the animal away from danger and taking steps to keep it cool at all times of the days.

To protect your pet from potential harm, you need to take serious precautions during the summer.

Here are some of the most important summer precautions for pet owners:


1. Never Leave Your Pets in Your Vehicle


Heatstroke is the most severe heat-related injury that can affect your pet.

It can be fatal in many instances which is why you need to do everything to avoid it.

One of the most notable causes of heatstroke in pets is leaving them in parked vehicles.

Every year, hundreds of pets die from heat exhaustion because they left in a parked car.

Temperature can rise swiftly in a paced vehicle and will leave your pet inside even for a few minutes can be quite dangerous.

If you are not sure that your pet will be allowed entry into where you are going, leave the pet in a comfortable part of your house.


2. Never Walk Your Pets during the Hottest Times of the Year


Walking or exercising your pets is a great way to keep them fit and healthy.

You don’t have to abandon this healthy habit simply because it is summer.

It is important, however, that you reconsider the hours you walk your pets when the temperature situations start becoming real issues.

Never walk your pets or allow them to play outside during the hottest hours of the day.

It is advisable to walk your pet in the early hours of the morning or late evening when the temperature is minimal.


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3. Never Leave Your Pets in a Locked Home without Air Cooling Solution


It is a good idea to keep your pets in the house when the temperature situation gets serious outside.

You also have to watch the temperature situation inside the home and do something meaningful to bring it down.

You should consider setting up a fan for your pet or switching on the air cooler.

Using the air cooler is better as it will not just improve air circulation but will efficiently reduce ambient temperature to a safe and comfortable level for your pet.


4. Never Shave Your Pets during the Summer


Shaving your pets during the summer is something you should never consider.

It is surprising that many still feel that shaving animals do help to keep them cool in the summer month.

This is total rubbish as the fur help the animals to stay cool in the summer.

The fur provides real protection against direct sun rays and will also help to keep the pets’ skins cool when they are wet.

Instead of shaving your pet, trim the furs and groom according to the advice of a groomer.


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5. When Indoors, Ensure That All Windows Are Closed and Have Well-Fitted Screens


It has been found that veterinarians see an increase in injured animals as a result of ‘High-Rise Syndrome’ during the warmer months.

This occurs when pets fall off windows or doors.

Considering that rising temperature make pets very uncomfortable, it is understandable that the chances of falling off and getting injured are higher during the summer.

To minimize the risk of your pets getting injured as a result of High-Rise Syndrome, keep your home safer.

When the pet is to be left indoors, make sure windows are closed and have well-fitted screens.


6. Be Water-Safety Conscious When Your Pet Is Around


If you are like most pet owners, you will take your beloved pet to picnics in beaches, lakes, swimming pools and more.

Many pets love to spend time in the water during the hot summer days, but you have to be extra vigilant when you are around water bodies with your pet.

You should never leave your pets unsupervised near an uncovered pool.

You should also consider wearing your pets bright life jackets when you are boating or cruising with them.


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7. Vigilant During Summer Parties and Festivities


Summer parties and festivities present different levels of hazards to your pets.

You have to take extra precaution to keep your animals safe while partying with friends.

You also need to be cautious of the goodies you allow your pests to eat during and after a party.

Most of what you and your friends will enjoy can upset your pets’ stomachs and cause them harm.


8. Keep Your Pets Safe from Fireworks


It is also important that you protect your pets from fireworks since they generally don’t find them friendly.

If you notice that your pets are not comfortable around loud noises and the bright lights associated with fireworks (which is the case for most animals), save them the stress by keeping them confined in a safe room as you enjoy the festivities with your friends.

Ingesting the chemicals fireworks are made of can also harm your pets so you need to get rid of them as soon as you can.


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9. Use Sunscreen When You Need To


Just like humans, pets suffer sunburns.

Their skins are also susceptible to skin cancer and the risk is higher when they are exposed to direct sunlight.

They generally need sunscreen, just like we do.

When you are going to spend long hours outdoors, apply sunscreen to the areas of your pets’ bodies that are least covered with furs like the nose, belly, and the ears.

It is also important that you use sunscreen that is made for pets.


10. Keep Your Vets Number Close


It is also important that you keep your vets number handy during the summer.

While the other precautions can go a long way in protecting your pets, there is still a slight chance that something can go wrong and you will need the vet to help out.

The summer is a great season for fun but requires that we take extra measure to stay safe and keep our pets safe too.

The summer precautions discussed here can help every pet owner keep his pets safer this season.

If you have any further questions, contact us and we would be pleased to help you.

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