Summer is a great time to enjoy some fun outdoor time with your pets, but you also need to consider how to keep them safe and healthy during this time of year. Heatstroke is a serious concern for pets in the summer, especially during the warmest months.
Summer Safety Tips for Your Pets
Consider these ideas to keep the animal members of your family enjoying summers to come. According to PetFinder, your pet needs:
- Access to cool areas. Make sure your pets can get to cool areas out of the sunlight in your home, especially if they are left alone while you are at work. Consider leaving a fan on and pulling the shades so that heat does not become overwhelming.
- Cool treats. Add some ice cubes to your pet’s water dish or try some special animal-friendly popsicles like these pupsicles or catsicles. Your animals will enjoy playing with these yummy concoctions to keep them from overheating.
- Hydration. Proper hydration is especially important for your pets in the summer. If you’re traveling, playing, or spending time outside with your pets, make sure you have a ready supply of water for them.
- Morning/Evening exercise. You want to keep your pet active and healthy, but make sure you avoid the hottest parts of the day. Morning and evenings are often cool enough for some playing or a good walk with your pet. You will likely benefit from the cooler temperatures as well.
- Frequent grooming. Brushing your pet’s coat keeps its skin healthy and body cool. A haircut can also be helpful, though it’s important to leave some hair to protect the skin from the sun.
Don’t leave your Pet in a Hot Car
Also remember to never leave you pet in a hot car. Within 30 minutes the temperature in your car can increase by almost 40°F, even if the temperature seems cool to you. Parking in the shade or leaving the car idling with the air conditioning turned on are not solutions either. If it’s hot, leave your pet at home or with a trusted friend or family member.
Home Safety and Your Pets
A home security system can be beneficial for the safety of your home and your pets. Whether you’re using security cameras to check in on your pets or you’re using sensors to help ensure doors aren’t left open leaving an way for your pets to escape, your home security helps the whole family, even your pets. Learn more about how Guardian can help keep your pet safe.