Top 5 Pet Safety Tips for Summer

July 16, 2017

Top 5 Pet Safety Tips for Summer

We all love our beloved Fluffys and Fidos and summertime is the time of year when we have to be all the more vigilant in how we care for our four legged friends. The higher temperatures can sometimes mean more visits to the vet. We all love spending time outdoors with our furry companions so to prevent your pet from overheating,  take these top 5 pet safety tips for summer into consideration before heading outside this weekend.

1.) Never leave your animals alone in a parked vehicle. Not only can it lead to fatal heat stroke, but it’s also against the law.

2.) When the temperature is very high, don’t let your pets linger on hot asphalt. Being so close to the ground, your pet’s body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum.

3.) Keeping bugs and pests at bay during the Arizona summers is common, however most commonly used rodenticides and lawn and garden insecticides can be harmful to cats and dogs if ingested. Keep them out of reach. Keep citronella candles, tiki torch products and insect coils of out pets’ reach too.

4.) Pets can get dehydrated quickly, so give them plenty of fresh, clean water when it’s hot outdoors. Make sure your pets have a shady place to get out of the sun, be careful not to over-exercise them, and keep them indoors whenever there’s an Arizona heatwave warning in effect.

5.) Keep an eye out for the symptoms of overheating in pets, which include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor or even collapse.

As always be sure to take your pets in for a summer check-up especially if they’re exhibiting signs of heat exhaustion or poisoning for outdoor poisons. Our pets deserve to enjoy their summer just as much as we do an incorporating these top 5 pet safety tips for summer will definitely help!  For more summer safety tips or if you’d like information about building a custom home in Prescott, please contact Crystal Creek Builders today.

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