Summer Pet Safety Tips!
Your pet is a member of the family, so this summer, treat them as such. Just like humans, dogs can face different health and safety risks in the summer months.
Protect Your Dog From the Heat
Dogs can suffer from overheating in the summer, so it’s important to be mindful of that. Never keep your dog in the car during the summer – not even if you have air conditioning on. Even if it doesn’t feel too hot outside, temperatures in a car can rise rapidly, putting your pet in danger. If you need to step out of the car, bring your dog with you.
The sun is hot during the summer, so avoid walking your dogs midday. Instead, take them out in the morning and evening to avoid the scorching sun. There are some dogs that are prone to overheating. These include snub-nosed dogs (like bulldogs or pugs), and older dogs.
Make sure that your dogs has a cool place to relax when it’s hot out. This could be an air-conditioned room in your home, or a shady place outside of the sun.
Watch Out for Bugs
Bugs are especially bothersome in the summer. Regularly grooming your dog is one way to help prevent tick or flea problems. If you have a lawn, make sure that its kept short as bugs prefer to hide in longer grass. You should also be sure to regularly clean your pet’s bedding, cage, and toys. These items can harbor bugs, even if you don’t immediately see them. Talk to your vet about the best way to prevent these pests!
Get A Life Vest
If your dog is around water, it is wise to invest in a life vest for your pet. Though they may be a good swimmer, this extra layer of protection could save their life. Especially if you take your dog out on a boat, you should equip them with a life vest. And no matter what, always supervise your pup when they are around water!
Watch Out for Fireworks
Fireworks are not only dangerous, but they can also scare your dog. If you are setting off fireworks at your home, make sure that your dog is in a safe place, away from the action. After setting off fireworks, clean up your yard. Residue from the fireworks can be harmful if consumed by your pet. And, if you attend a local firework show, keep your pet on a leash. You don’t want them to run off!
Insurance for Your Pet
What if your pet gets scared by some fireworks and damages your neighbor’s property? What if they end up biting one of your guests? While we hope these things never happen, sometimes they do. It’s a good idea to be prepared for the worst. Before it’s too late, talk to your agent about your homeowners insurance policy. Ask them how you and your pet are protected if an incident occurs. You can learn more about pets and insurance here.
By being prepared, you and your dog can enjoy a fun-filled summer!