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pets: summer pet safety

| Posted Thursday, April 30, 2015 at 08:19AM

Summer Pet SafetyIf your pet spends a lot of time outdoors, make sure there is adequate shelter for protection from the sun/heat. Outside kennels need to be well-ventilated and situated in shaded areas. Clean, fresh water must be accessible at all times. On very hot days, you may need to refill your pet’s water bowl several times. You can add ice cubes to your pet’s water bowl to give them a cool treat.

If your dog has a chewy toy, freeze it for a cooling treat that will entertain your dog.

On hotter days, monitor your pet’s activity and be careful that they don’t overexert themselves. Watch for signs of heat stress, excessive panting, disorientation, staring or anxious expressions, and weakness. Bring your pet to a cool area, gradually lower your pet’s temperature by sponging cool water onto him/her and call your vet immediately.

When the heat and humidity rise, be especially careful with short-nosed dogs (pugs, bulldogs, etc.) and older animals. Exercise your pets in the early morning and/or evening to avoid the midday heat.

Sun-baked asphalt can burn paws. Keep to the grass, but make sure to watch out for pesticide warnings.

Never leave your pet in the car, even if the windows are cracked.

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