Summer Hazards That Can Harm Your Pets

As the sun starts to stay out later for the Summer time, your pet will want to bask in the daylight, too! But there are some hazards you need to know before letting your pet roam around outside. Here are some tips to help your pets not get sick or hurt in the spring time!

It is as equally important for us to keep our pets cool, as well. Always provide your pet with cold, fresh water every day in their favorite bowl. Just like humans need to stay hydrated, so do your pets. Constantly refill empty or nearly-empty bowls and freshen water often. But never give your pet freezing cold, ice water because it can shock your furry friend’s system.

It is very important for us to know what to do to stay cool in hot

Another important point dealing with water is swimming with your pets. We all know that cats do not like water, but on the other hand dogs do like to swim. Unfortunately, chlorinated water can irritate their eyes. Do not leave your pet unattended near a pool or a lake. Without help, most dogs cannot get out of a pool and start to panic.

Do not under any circumstance leave your pets in the car for any amount of time. The temperature almost doubles while in an automobile, and your pets cannot handle that. Even leaving windows slightly open does not guard or protect your pet from overheating and/or suffering from heat stroke during hot days. Vital signs of heat stroke often include heavy panting, hyperventilation or deep breathing, increased salivation, weakness, confusion, vomiting and diarrhea.

While playing outside with your pets, remember that concrete or asphalt can get very hot and does not feel good on your pets’ paws. Make sure that there is shelter around so your pet does not over heat. 

Also, make sure if you have just fertilized your lawn, to keep your pet inside for about 24 hours after applying the chemicals to your yard. The chemicals will only irritate your pet when they lick their paws. But if your pet steps in a big puddle of pesticides it could be poisonous to them. Be sure to get up any spills and puddles of chemicals before your pets step in them.

Spring time is a great occasion for you and your pets to play and enjoy the longer days and sunshine. At the same time, you must know all of the hazards that come with the spring. Risk and danger for your furry pals is lurking around the corner, or in this instance, creeping in your backyard.

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Posted: 06/05/2010 at 07:10 PM
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