6 Ways to Keep Your Pet Safe this Summer

It’s summertime and the living is easy — for you and your pet! It’s a great time of year to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather with your furry friends.  However, it’s important to be mindful of the possible dangers that could cause your pet injury or illness.

Ther’s a lot we can do to keep our pets safe, from using common sense to purchasing Pet Health Insurance.  To help get you started in the right direction, here are six tips for keeping your pet safe this summer.

Always provide access to shade & water

If you’re hot and thirsty, your pet is likely hot and thirsty too.  Never leave your furry friend in a situation where they do not have access to shade, fresh air, and water, such as in a car.  Even an open backyard space can be too hot for your pet if there are no trees to provide shade.  Consider addding ice cubes to their water dish to keep them cool and hydrated!

Apply sunscreen

That’s right, just like our skin can burn in the sun, so can our pets.  Pets with thin or light colored fur are especially susceptible to sunburns which will cause them the same pain it causes us.  Foremost, avoid having your pet in the sun for long periods of time.  If they are going outside, apply a sunscreen made for babies or specifically for pets.  Don’t forget their ears!

Walk your pet at the coolest times of the day

Hot concrete can cause your pets paws to burn.  Ouch!  Try and walk your furry friend either early in the morning or late in the evening when the sun is not so direct.  Allow them the option to walk on grass instead of sidewalks and roads.  If the pavement feels too hot for your own feet, it’s likely going to feel just as uncomfortable for your pet.

Keep your dog on a short leash in potentially dangerous settings

Camp fires, BBQ’s, outdoor swimmin pools, and Fourth of July celebrations that include fireworks are all potentially hazardous situations for your pet.  The smell of food can entice them to get too close to a grill or fire.  Outdoor pools are dangerous if your pet cannot swim and fireworks can look like a big stick to your pet, just begging to be played with.  For all of these reasons and more, keep your pet on a short leash if there’s a chance they could get injured at your summer social gathering.

Regularly bathe, groom, and check your pet for parasites

During the summer, your pet is likely to be outside a lot.  It’s important to bathe them frequently to remove their coasts of any lingering dirt, chemicals, and pests.  This is also a prime time to look for parasites when giving them a good scrub down.  If your pet has longer hair, consider a cooler haircut for the summer months and keep their fur mat-free to avoid skin irritation.

Be mindful of allergies

Finally, just like people have allergies, so do pets.  It’s possible your furry friend could be very uncomfortable in certain outdoor situations if they’re near an allergen.  Watch for watery eyes, excessive sneezing, coughing, and general discomfort.  The culprit could be something in the air!  Either avoid the allergens or talk with your vet about possible medications that could help.

Photo by Nomao Saeki

Photo by Nomao Saeki

Now that you know a few of the ways you can help to keep your pet safe and happy during these summer months, be sure to soak up every sun-filled moment with your four-legged friend!  And if you want to be even more prepared for any unexpected pet illness or accident that may arise, consider learning more about Pet Health Insurance for your cat or dog!

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Pennsylvania Residents: Please call the Downey Agency at 717.432.1361 during normal business hours for a pet health insurance quote tailored to your specific pets.