Summer safety tips
Summer can be fun for both people and pets; taking a few precautions can keep them safe all season long. While you may want to include your furry friend in your summer fun, keep in mind that he or she is susceptible to many dangers that could compromise his or her health. Here are a few tips for staying safe:
If you are planning a vacation, the decision to take your pet along or leave him or her behind is an important one. While it is tempting to take your furry family member with you, keep in mind that some animals are not suited for travel because of temperament, health, or physical impairment. Be sure to talk to your veterinarian in making your decision.
During warm weather, it only takes a few minutes for the inside of your vehicle to reach 120°, even in the shade. Dogs and cats can’t sweat and can only expel heat by panting and through the pads of their feet. Even a brief stay in a hot car can lead to heat exhaustion, heat stroke, brain damage, and even death. Remember, when you take your keys out of the ignition, take your pet out of the car.
Dogs and cats are more susceptible to heatstroke than humans. Heatstroke can quickly lead to brain damage and even death. Take preventative measures and make sure your pet has plenty of shade and fresh, cool water at all times. Save exercise for morning and night and adjust intensity. Signs of heat stress include heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid pulse, staggering gait, and vomiting. If you see these signs, take your pet to a veterinarian immediately.
Be sure your pet is current on vaccinations and, if a dog or cat, is receiving a monthly flea and tick treatment recommended by your veterinarian.
Make sure your pet is always wearing a collar and ID tag. A microchip can be even better, as it is permanent. If your pet becomes lost, proper ID may be his or her only way home.
Resist the urge to take your dog to fireworks displays. Never leave your pet outside unattended, even in a fenced yard: even pets that normally would not escape from the yard may flee in fear of the noise. Keep all your pets indoors at home in a quiet area where they will not become frightened by this summer celebration.
If you see an animal in heat distress, call the Montgomery County emergency line immediately at 911.
This page last updated 1-6-15