Summer Safety Tips for Pets
On those gorgeous summer days when the sun is shining bright (it’s coming I swear!), remember to walk your pet on the grass when possible. The sun heats up the pavement to dangerously hot temperatures that can burn the pads of your pets’ feet. If you’re unsure, put the back of your hand on the pavement, if you can’t hold it there longer than 5 seconds, than it’s too hot for your pets’ feet.
If the pavement fails the touch test and there is no grass in the vicinity, there are ways to be prepared; such as dog booties or protective paw wax.
Pets can suffer from heat stroke and exhaustion just like us humans. Here are some signs of over-heating:
- Heavy panting
- Dry or pale gums
- Increased drooling
- Deep and rapid breathing
- Sluggish movement
If you think your pet is showing any discomfort, consider the following tips:
- Keep walks to a maximum of 30 minutes on very hot days. Don’t over exert your pet
- Find a shady spot to rest
- Carry a portable bottle with cool (not freezing) water
- Use a cooling vest or bandana on your pet
- Remember that short-coated, shaved and light skinned pets are more prone to sun burn and over-heating
- Apply sun protection balm to your pets’ nose before heading outside
- Pour cool water over their body, paying special attention to their head, neck and armpits
- If your pet doesn’t improve, seek veterinary help
Please never leave your pet unattended in a parked vehicle, especially in the hot, summer months.
Here is a helpful link from the Ottawa Humane Society:
Have a pooch that loves water but sinks like a stone? Going boating with your pet? We have life jackets!
A/C unit not cutting the mustard to keep your pet cool? Going camping with your pet? We have cooling mats, vests and bandanas!
We carry a wide variety of safe and fun summer items for your pets. Stop in today to talk with one of our knowledgeable staff about keeping your pet cool this season!
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