We are going to be focusing on summer safety tips for this series.
Summer time is here! Picnics and beach parties and walks at the park are all great and wonderfully fun activities to do with your pet! But summertime can be dangerous for your fluffy family members too. Between the heat, and the hot sidewalks summertime can be rough on your pets.
There are a few steps you can take to keep your pet safe this summer. The 4th step is to make sure they can keep comfy in the heat.
An animal that is left outside for any length of time should always have a clean drinking water source. Provide shade for your pet as well. Also, an area to lay on that is not directly on the hot ground, either a raised bed or a pillow bed, will keep your pet comfortable. Animals do not sweat the same way we sweat; they do not have evaporative cooling as humans do! Animals can only pant to get rid of excess heat through their tongues or sweat through their paw pads. They can overheat and collapse in temperatures we think are just starting to get unbearable, especially the bigger breeds and older animals.