Summer Care Tips for Pets

While there is nothing wrong with taking your pet out for a walk, hike or swimming this summer, keep in mind that the warmer weather can be dangerous for your furry companion. Help Fido make the most out of this summer with these summer safety tips.

NEVER leave your dog in the car.
You've probably heard this one a thousand times but it doesn't hurt to repeat it.  It can literally take minutes – yes, MINUTES - for a pet to develop heat stroke and suffocate in a vehicle.

Make sure your dog is protected from parasites like fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.
If your dog is not up-to-date on its preventatives, they are at risk for heartworm, Lyme disease, and a variety of other nasty conditions.

Keep your dog's paws cool
When the sun is out in full force, surfaces like asphalt or metal can get really, REALLY hot.  So, before you take your dog out for a nice stroll around the neighborhood, think about what they will be walking on.

Always have fresh drinking water and shade available to your pet
Dogs get much thirstier when they get hot.  Also, make sure there is a shady spot available for your pet.  Although dogs and cats love to sunbathe on occasion, too much sun can overheat them and cause heat stroke.

If there is no fence, keep your dog on a leash.
You don't want to lose your dog because he became distracted by new scents, sights or critters.

But, most importantly, pay attention to your dog.  Fido will let you know if he's uncomfortable.