Pet Safety Tips for the Summer  

by Pool Builders on 07-03-2011 in Articles

With summer just around the corner, a number of pet owners will either be relocating to hotter climates, planning their holiday travels or, indeed, just looking forward to enjoying the warmer months at home.

While pets are just as eager to get outside as humans during the summer, the sunny weather is not without some risks for them.

As pet relocation experts, we would like to offer you some tips on how best to keep you furry friends safe during the upcoming summer months.

Spring visit to the vet
A spring check-up with your vet is highly advisable. This is the ideal opportunity to get your pets tested for heart-worms and ask your vet for the best fleas and tick prevention methods.

Fresh water
Similarly to humans, animals can also suffer from dehydration during the summer, so make sure they always have fresh water available. This will also avoid them from drinking out of puddles, ponds or swimming pools which are often unsanitary. Remember also to change the water frequently as heat will tend to breed bacteria.

Bon apptit!
Cat or dog food might be safe to leave out during the winter months; however, warm weather will lead to bacteria growth. It is therefore advisable to bring the food bowl indoors if your pet does not eat immediately and to make sure that any rests are cleaned out before refilling it.

Keeping him cool
When your pet is enjoying the great outdoors, may it be at the beach, in your back yard or on a picnic, make sure shade is available and check on them regularly. On particularly hot days you may want to consider keeping your pet indoors.

Walking your dog
Try to walk your dog during the cooler times of the day such as in the morning or in the evening. If you have no choice, remember to take it easy and maintain a gentle pace. In any case, don't overdo it!

Heatstroke
Excessive panting, warm skin, vomiting and anxious behavior are all signs of a heatstroke. This can happen remarkably fast with dogs. By applying towels soaked in cold water to the areas with less hair you will lower the animal's body temperature. If your pet gets a heatstroke, you ought to consult a vet immediately.

You may want to consider getting your pet adequately groomed for the warmer months. Ideally, you should shave their fur down to a one-inch length, which will avoid them overheating whilst still keeping the skin protected from the sun.

Animals with flat faces, like Pugs and Persian cats, along with elderly, fragile or overweight animals are more susceptible to heatstroke. These pets should be kept cool as much as possible, preferably in air-conditioned rooms.

Sunscreen, not only for humans!
Cats and dogs are also susceptible to sunburns, especially those with light colored fur. Animal sunburns are similar to human ones, causing peeling, redness and even cancer.  It is therefore advisable to buy pet-friendly sunscreen to protect the health of your pet over the summer.

No parking!
Once you turn the air conditioning off, the temperature in your car can rise well beyond 38 degree Celsius (100 Fahrenheit) in a manner of minutes, even with the windows open. This can easily be fatal to any animals or indeed children and elderly people inside the car. So if you do have to bring your pet with you, do not leave them in the car while running your errands.

Safety around the house and water
Remember to keep any unscreened windows or doors closed, as pets can get seriously or fatally injured when falling out of them.

Never leave your pet unsupervised at the beach or near a swimming pool, even once you have properly introduced them to water.

Do not let them drink the water, as unsanitary water can cause upset stomachs or worse ailments.

Try to rinse you dog whenever possible after swimming, as remnants of chlorine or salt will irritate their skin.

Pets and Parties
If you decide to take your pet on a picnic or to a BBQ, avoid letting them be fed as most human foods and drinks can be poisonous to pets (i.e. alcoholic beverages, desserts and condiments).

If you would like to book your pet's specific relocation with us, or for further information about our general pet relocation services, please contact us at pet@moveoneinc.com. One of our dedicated animal relocation agents will follow up with you shortly with a quote tailor-made to your needs.

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