It seems like summer would be the easiest time of the year to provide for your pet. While the living can definitely be easy between May and September, it’s only truly safe for pets if they are protected from the heat. The more pet owners prepare in advance, the more comfort their pets can attain. With our guide for summer pet safety, you can enjoy all the season has to offer while promoting your best friend’s well-being.
Most of us enjoy Tampa Bay’s subtropical climate, but the combination of high heat and humidity can present numerous challenges to your pet’s overall health.
An active day out and about with your pet may involve a quick stop somewhere. A friendly, yet urgent, reminder that any time inside a parked car is considered risky for a pet. Even if you’re parked in the shade and the windows are cracked, your pet could still develop symptoms related to heat exhaustion or heat stroke.
If your pet ever exhibits the following symptoms, it’s time to seek emergency veterinary care:
- Excessive panting
- Mobility issues
- Bright red gums
Hydration Is the Key
To prevent dehydration during the summer months, keep a consistent routine of filling and refilling your pet’s water bowls throughout the day. Some pets will continue to work or play hard, despite feeling tired or hot. Please remind your pet to drink water and always stop your exercise routines for water breaks in the shade.
All in the Timing
Summer pet safety involves adhering to a schedule of exercising only during the early morning and evening hours. Remember, if it’s ever too hot for you to comfortably work out, it’s definitely unsafe for your pet. Do not allow or encourage your pet to exert themselves in the middle of the day when the sun is hottest.
Check the ground to ensure your pet’s paw pads won’t be subject to cuts, scratches, blisters, or abrasions.
A great feature of our geography is the water. Your pet may be well-versed at boating with you, and it’s always important to keep their safety a high priority. Invest in a well-fitting personal flotation device (PFD) with a proper handle in case you ever need to lift them out of the water.
While relaxing on the water, opt for shade as much as possible. In the absence of a shade, apply a coat of pet-friendly sunscreen to the nose and tips of the ears. Never use human sunscreen on pets.
The summer can be incredibly chaotic. Between the outdoor parties, parades, fireworks displays, sporting events, and music festivals, your pet’s safety must remain on the front burner. Plus, summer storms with thunder and lightning can truly crank up even a calm pet’s anxiety and stress.
Have a plan for your pet that includes a new collar and ID tag. If they aren’t microchipped yet, now is the perfect time to add this extra layer of protection against loss or separation.
Parasites and More
Parasite prevention should be a year-round effort, but it’s extra critical during the summer months. As part of your approach to summer pet safety, parasite prevention medication works best when dosed consistently and on a regular schedule.