As summertime swiftly approaches, the warm air and sunshine is a welcome change. Spending time outside with your dog or other pet is a great way for you to relax. However, if problems are to arise, you should be prepared for any summer emergencies. Keep in mind these few tips to ensure your pets safety so you can both enjoy the summer.
Always keep your pet cool. Make sure there is always plenty of shade and water for them to retreat to when the day is at its hottest. Freezing water in advance in their water bowls and letting it melt slowly is a great way to ensure that your pet’s water will be cool all day. In addition, perhaps go for walks in the early morning or late evening so it’s not during the hottest time of day. Dogs and other animals can get heat stroke, so don’t let it get to that point.
Always supervise your pet. Don’t leave your dog or other pet unattended in your car, or in a public place where there are many people. There are too many risks in situations like these for harm to happen to your pet or to other people. If your dog does not have a collar or other form of visual identification, you may want to consider purchasing something, as it is more common for dogs or other pets to be lost or separated from you when you are outdoors. Also, be wary of sand, asphalt, or other hot surfaces that your pet might be walking across.
Make sure your pet is up to date with medications, and take them to a vet if necessary. Especially if you are leaving at any point to go on vacation, you’ll want the reassurance that your pet is healthy.