The summer heat and humidity can be compromising to our pet’s health and well-being. The 4th of July holiday adds a whole host of additional necessary precautions to take in order to ensure our pets safety. Are you prepared?
What can you do to keep your pets safe in the summer heat?
- Keep them indoors (air conditioning is preferred- however, if you do not have A/C, keep your pets safe in a cool room with fans and proper ventilation)
- NEVER leave your pets inside of a car- even if it’s just for a minute. Vehicles heat up very quickly in the summer sun!
- Always make sure your pets have access to plenty of cool water (at all times)!
- When your pet is outdoors, make sure they have plenty of shady areas available (remember, shady areas change throughout the day. Note: a dog hut does not count as a shady area- many dog huts can become extremely hot inside from the sun)
- NEVER keep your pets outside on a chain/leash
- Do not walk/run with your pets in the middle of the day. Early morning or late evening- when the sun is down- are the best times to walk/exercise outdoors with your pet(s). Pets paws can be burned by hot temperatures.
- Be aware of the symptoms of heat exhaustion and of dehydration in animals
- If your dog(s) enjoys the water- consider taking them to a local creek or lake in the early morning or evening hours
Most importantly- USE COMMON SENSE! Pets are living beings just like us. And just like us, they want to stay cool, have access to plenty of fresh drinking water and survive the summer heat.
What about the 4th of July holiday?
- Be sure your pets are wearing up-to-date and visible ID tags on their collars at all times. Many pet guardians are opting to microchip or have their pets where a GPS collar.
- During cookouts, ask guests to play with your dog(s) away from the flames
- Exercise with your dog(s) early in the day prior to the festivities
- Keep a current photo of your pet(s) on your phone (just in case)
- Keep charcoal, fireworks, sparklers, and glow sticks- far away from curious pets
- Leave your pets at home (safe and indoors) during fireworks
- If your pets are afraid of loud noises, leave gentle music playing to cover the fireworks
- If you’re having people over to your home, be sure guests know not to let your pets/cats outside (place a sign on your door as a friendly reminder)
Remember, not only in the summer months, but all year, it is important to plan for your pet’s safety. Disaster Preparation can save lives. Check out this months (July 2014) issue of CAT FANCY Magazine (starting on page 22) to find steps to prepare to keep your pet(s) safe in the event of a natural disasters. Such events are generally unexpected and sudden, therefore being prepared now can save lives later. Do you have an emergency pet safety kit and a carrier/leash near your door? Do you have a sticker near your home’s front door alerting potential rescue crews to how many and what type of pets live in your home? What steps are you taking to prepare now?
Always remember if you have to evacuate your home, DO NOT LEAVE YOUR PETS BEHIND! Pets most likely cannot survive on their own and, if by some remote chance they do, you may not be able to find them when you return. Learn the steps to take now by checking out the July Cat Fancy article this month.
How do you keep your pets safe and comfortable in the summer heat? What steps do you take to keep them calm and secure during the 4th of July festivities? How are you preparing ahead of time for the possibility of an emergency? Share your stories, comments and helpful tips in the comments below. Your information could help others save lives.
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