I always like to forward along important information I find around the web. Recently, I was sent a list of pet safety tips that pet owners should keep in mind this summer from the good people at East Coast Italian Greyhound Rescue. You can find this group on Facebook.
Here are their tips:
- Never leave your pet alone in the car even with the windows rolled down. Temperatures inside a car can increase rapidly to deadly levels and animals are particularly susceptible to heat because their bodies can’t cool themselves. If you need to run errands leave your pet at home.
- Provide lots of clean, fresh water. In the heat of the summer months pets can become dehydrated quickly. Make sure water is available throughout the day both indoors and out.
- Watch for overexertion. While exercise is important in keeping your pet healthy, you don’t want to overdo it in the heat of midday. The best time to run, play and walk is early morning or evening when the sun is not as intense.
- Know the signs of heat stress such as heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, restlessness, excessive thirst, lethargy, fever, dizziness, lack of coordination, profuse salivation, vomiting, a deep red or purple tongue, and unconsciousness.
- Mosquitoes, fleas and ticks are highly active during the summer months and can cause potentially serious medical issues such as heartworm and Lyme disease. Speak to your veterinarian about preventative medications that can assist in keeping the bugs at bay.
- Because of dogs’ tendency to sniff and bite at things, they are susceptible to other bug bites. Common reactions from spider bites and bee stings include swelling and redness at the site of the bite, “hives,” or a swollen face or muzzle. In some cases, like in humans, dogs can be allergic to certain bites. Those with allergies can develop severely inflamed skin, vomiting, and breathing difficulties. If you sense your dog is having an allergic reaction he or she should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
- Pets can get sunburns too – so don’t forget the sunscreen. Apply pet-approved sunscreen to areas where the hair is thin – tips of the ears, noses and stomachs. Pets with short hair or no hair at all, are particularly sensitive to sunburns. If you are unsure if a product is safe to use on your pet, contact your veterinarian.
If you keep this list in mind, the summer months can be the most fun months spent with your pet. How do you and you pet enjoy the summer?