Keep your pet safe this summer! Do not let them overheat!
Summer is here, and for most of us, that means time to go out and explore the wonderful outdoors! We want to make sure your furry best friends are safe during the hot summer days.
Here are a few tips to keep your pets safe this summer:
1. Do not leave your pet in a car unattended!
Temperatures inside cars can reach fatal levels within minutes. Even with the windows cracked, the interior of a car can reach 99° F when it’s only 80° F outside. During this time of year, Animal Control receives many calls from citizens reporting distressed animals in locked cars.
If you see a pet (or child) alone in a car, call it in. Your call could save a life.
James City Animal Control 757-565-0370
York County Animal Control 757-890-3601
2. Make sure to keep your pet’s paws cool!
Many owners like taking their dogs on walks to enjoy the warm summer weather with them, but many of them forget about one important detail: hot pavement can and will burn a dog’s paws. A good tip is to put the back of your hand on the pavement, and if you can’t keep it there for 5 seconds, it’s too hot for your pet’s paws!
3. Water! Water! Water!
Just like humans, dogs need to constantly hydrate themselves in order to stay safe especially if you are out walking or even driving in the car. Hydration is extremely important.
When you take your dog out for exercise, bring a portable water container for both of you.
Water should be refreshed/changed often, and the bowl should be kept in a cool shaded area.
4. Monitor your pet’s activity on hot days.
On hotter days, monitor your pet’s activity and be careful not to over-exert them. Watch for signs of heat stress, excessive panting, disorientation, staring or anxious expression, and weakness. Bring your pet to a cool area, gradually lower your pet’s temperature by immersing his/her paws in cold water or hosing him/her down and call your veterinarian immediately.
If you are taking your dog for a walk, choose to do it during the cooler times of day (morning and evening).
If your pet spends lots of time outdoors, make sure there is adequate shelter for protection from the sun/heat. Outside kennels need to be well ventilated and situated in shaded areas. Clean, freshwater must be accessible at all times.
5. Dogs can get sunburn just like you!
Many people don’t know this or even think about the fact that dogs can get sunburn. You would think that since they are covered in fur, it wouldn’t affect them as much right? Dogs with thin fur are more likely to get burned. This can lead to skin cancer. Speak with your veterinarian and find out the best solution to help with a sunburn. Natural ointments such as aloe vera are the best.