Fun in the Sun All Summer Long!
The summer is full of fun in the sun and adventuring outdoors! It is important to be aware of certain safety concerns that can affect your pet so that you can be prepared for any situation. Check out these helpful tips from our vet in Pima County so that you can keep your pet healthy and safe throughout the summer!
Cars pose the biggest threat to your pet in the summer because many pet owners underestimate the danger they can expose your pet to. Pets should never be left in a hot car because the inside of a car can reach deadly temperatures in just a few minutes. If you must travel with your pet, they will need to come with you every time you leave the car. If that is not possible, your pet will need to stay home. You should also avoid letting your dog stick their head out the window while driving because this can lead to them becoming lost or injured. Talk to our team about secure carrying devices that would be appropriate and comfortable for your dog's size. Never drive with your pet in the trunk of the car or attached to a roof device. This is extremely dangerous and can put your pet's life at risk. Always travel responsibly with your pet for their safety and your own.
Both you and your pet need water throughout the day to stay hydrated, but this is especially important during the hotter months. Our pets get dehydrated faster than we do, so we need to be mindful of how they are handling the heat both outdoors and laying around the house. Always keep a full bowl of water easily accessible for your pet, and bring water with you every time you take them outdoors. Switching to wet dog food can also help to keep your pet hydrated, but ask our vet in Pima County before making any changes to their diet.
You should always try to provide some shade so that your pet has the option to get out of the sun. This can help your pet maintain a normal body temperature and prevent sun damage. Your pet's coat helps to reduce the harmful effects of UV rays, so never shave them in the summer. Follow grooming advice from our Pima County vet so that your pet has the proper length of fur to help protect them from the sun. Try to only take your pet on walks during the early morning hours or late afternoon, when the sun is not at its highest point. When you do bring your pet out mid-day, try to stick to shady areas.
Hot surfaces like asphalt can be painful for your pet to walk on. Sometimes pet owners forget because we aren't walking around barefoot, but your pet is! Stick to shady areas or keep walks at cooler hours. If you do take your dog out during the middle of the day, walk them on grass or provide them with shoes to keep them comfortable. Trunks of cars can also get hot because they are often metal or black plastic, so never ride with your pet in the trunk. Keep them in a secure carrying device inside the car every time they come along for a drive.
For more safety tips, call our vets in Pima County. You can reach either office by calling (520) 829-5166. Be safe and enjoy the summer responsibly with your furry friend!