Dehydration, heat stroke and burns are just a few of the hazards that can affect your pets over the summer months. With this in mind, here are four simple ways to prevent pet injuries this season.
Play it Safe
If you want complete peace of mind, schedule a check up at your local veterinary practice. This is a simple way to start the season knowing that your pet has a clean bill of health. This is a great opportunity to voice any concerns you may have with your vet and seek advice about summer safety.
Create a Shaded Area
Over the summer months, when temperatures rise, it is important that your pet can seek shade. While it doesn't make sense to keep your dog or cat cooped up inside when the sun is shining, it is essential that you monitor their exposure to the sun and look out for symptoms of dehydration. Knowing the signs of sunstroke can help you to act fast and seek help. If you like to spend time in the garden during the summer, create a shaded area by putting up a parasol and leave a bowl of water for your pet to avoid dehydration.
A thick coat is not going to do your dog any favors on a hot day. Keeping your pet’s coat short can make sure that they are comfortable when the temperatures soar. Take your pet for a haircut but be wary of having his coat trimmed too short as this can lead to sunburn.
Invest in Identity Tags
There is no better way to enjoy a summer’s day with your pet than letting them run free in the countryside. However, if you are going to do this, it is wise to make sure that your pet has an identity tag. That way, if he or she does run off, you have peace of mind that someone can contact you if your pet gets lost. You can find a superb selection online somewhere like Collars and Tags. Have your name and contact details engraved on the tag to ensure that you are contactable in an emergency.
These are just a few of the ways you can look out for your pets in the summer. Ensuring your cat or dog doesn't suffer due to high temperatures is simple when you follow the tips above.