Summer time can be great fun for pets as well as pet owners. This is the time to enjoy the outdoors with your furry friends. However during summertime, there may arise some situations which could be deadly for your pets. We all know prevention is always better than cure. So, keeping that in mind, the following are some pet safety tips you have to acknowledge during the hot days of summer:
Elderly, young and ill pets are more prone to heat strokes. Short muzzled dogs like Pugs, Pekingese and Bulldogs are especially vulnerable as they can’t pant efficiently like other dogs do. Fats on overweight dogs acts as an insulation so they are more likely to suffer from heat strokes. If heat stroke is suspected, cool down the dogs with water and use cool towel on the hairless part of the body as soon as possible to avoid death.
Do not use ice as sudden change in body temperature can be fatal. You can give them some ice cubes to lick however. Consult a vet immediately to avoid internal organs and brain damage.
One huge problem we have right now is your dogs and cars.
Leaving your pet in a parked car during summertime even for a minute can be deadly as cars heat up fast even with windows rolled down or cracked opened. It is a bad idea to leave your pets unattended during winter times as well. If you see a pet in a parked car, don’t delay to call the police or the fire department.
During hot and humid day, animals should be brought indoors but if they are kept outdoors, make sure they have shade and fresh water at all times. It is a good idea to hose the dogs down at least once a day during summertime to help cool them off. Keep your pet well groomed and clipped so that heat wouldn’t get trapped in their fur. While jogging or exercising the pets, do it early in the morning or late evening during cooler times to avoid heat stroke.
Signs of heat stroke:
Some of the signs of heat strokes are:
Excessive panting, body temperature between 104-110 degree Fahrenheit, rapid heartbeat, high fever, vomiting, glazed eyes, anxiousness, stupor, staggering, seizure, bright red or purple gum and tongue, bloody diarrhea, coma.
Whether your pet stays indoors or outdoors lots of fresh water is needed so that they wouldn’t get dehydrated. Not all dogs are excellent swimmers. If the dogs are obese or have respiratory and heart problems, they will have problem in water so make sure they have a life jacket on.
Poisonous household chemicals:
If your lawn or garden has been recently sprayed with fertilizers, insecticides and pesticides do not let your pet roam around in those areas as those chemicals are poisonous. Antifreeze is a year round problem but is a huge problem during summer when cars heat up and leak antifreeze. It has a sweet taste, very inviting for pets, but is deadly even in small amounts. If you suspect antifreeze ingestion, take it to your vet immediately. Safer alternative to antifreeze like propylene glycol is also available in the market.
Just like humans pets get sun burnt too, especially in those areas where there is no fur or the fur is light like tips of ears, nose etc. Rubbing sun block in those unprotected areas can help against pain, peeling and even skin cancer.
Summertime, parasites are out in full force. Besides flea and ticks, mosquitoes can be major problem as they carry heartworm disease. Preventive measures can be taken using medication like heart guard and frontline. It is also best to groom your pets daily so that you can find the parasites.
While travelling, it is wise to have dogs on the leash so that they won’t get lost, get in fights or eat unwanted junk. Even cats can be trained to walk on a leash. While travelling to a new place, always make sure you know where the vet or animal hospital is located beforehand. So that in case of emergency you would always be prepared.