As much as we all love to be outside during the summer months, there’s no denying that it can get dangerous when the temperature gets too high. This goes for pets as well as humans, so here are just five things you can do to keep your pets safe this summer.
Provide Plenty of Water and Shade
One of the best ways to keep your pets cool and comfortable during the summer is to provide them with plenty of water and shade whenever they’re outdoors. Keep some full water dishes on hand at all times, and encourage your dogs and cats to sit under a tree if there’s one on your property.
Mind the Paws
While you won’t have that much to worry about as long as your pets stick to grassy areas, keep in mind that asphalt and concrete can get incredibly hot during the summer. Walking on these surfaces in your bare feet is uncomfortable to say the least, and it isn’t any different for an animal. Try to keep your pets on surfaces that don’t reach incredibly high temperatures.
Pay Attention during Barbeques
It’s fun to have a barbecue in your backyard, but you should pay close attention to your pets while you grill. Foods such as grapes, onions, and chocolate are not good for dogs or cats, so keep them away from your pets if you want to avoid a trip to an emergency veterinary hospital.
Never Leave Your Pet in a Hot Car
Temperatures in a car can easily get higher than 100 degrees Fahrenheit on a hot day, and that can be fatal to an animal. If you must take your pet with you when you drive, keep a water dish on hand and bring your pet inside with you if you can when you reach your destination.
Keep Your Windows Screened
This is mostly for cat owners, but be sure to keep the screens on your windows closed. Cats love to jump onto window sills, and that can result in your pet falling out of an open window. Keeping a screen on a window will still allow the air to flow into your home, but you won’t have to worry about your cat jumping or falling out a second or third-story window.
The most important thing to remember is to use common sense when it comes to your pets in the summer. Animals are just like us in the way they handle hot weather, so don’t expect your pet to be just fine in a situation if you wouldn’t be. In other words, if you’re too hot, they’re too hot.