With the blazing heat of summer still upon us, it’s important to consider how best to protect our furry friends from fire hazards and other common household dangers. Here’s a quick list of reminders pertinent to pet owners during the summer season and all year-round.
Keep your cords and cables taut and secure
Loose cabling means that an over-excited dog or even one of its owners might misstep, snag on the cable and fall over, leading to injuries and/or property damage. Make sure all your electrical cords are secure and out of the way of curious paws.
Keep your pets inside during a thunderstorm
Loud thunder and lightning disturb many pets, and keeping your animals within the house will minimize the chance for a stray lightning bolt to strike them. Fires are another aspect of lightning strikes; the National Fire Protection Agency states that fires started by lightning peak during the summer months. Keeping your pets inside during a thunderstorm keeps them safe from potential self-injury or falling victim to a freak blaze that could lead to skin grafts and costly trips to the vet.
Use caution in the car
According to the American Humane Society, it doesn’t take long for warm inside temperatures to become unbearably hot. Furthermore, lowering the windows has little effect on your car’s internal temperature. If you’re worried about leaving your pets at home while you’re out handling errands, consider a doggy daycare service, or even a basic surveillance camera system that lets you monitor their actions remotely.
Hydrate before it’s too late
Always keep your pets’ water bowls filled on a regular basis. If you keep your animals outside, make sure that they have sufficient cover from the elements, be it the blazing heat of summer or the pouring rains of fall and spring.
Be mindful of over-exercising
Just like with any human, the hotter temperatures of summer mean that your dog risks overheating over a shorter period of time than in any other season. Bring some water with you when going on a jog in the park, reduce your exercise time or go exercising at a time when the sun is less high in the sky. Keeping your regular routine in the peak of summer is an unfortunate way to bring heat stroke upon your dog.
Stay out of the sun
While their natural body fur is more than enough protection from the sun’s rays, we all know that dogs and cats are not completely covered. Do yourself a favor and invest in some sunscreen for pets or for humans with sensitive skin, free of canine-toxic PABA and zinc oxide, and apply it to soft regions of your pet, such as the nose, stomach, and ears.
Keep the bugs at bay
While a bug-zapper is an easy, and morbidly amusing, fix for flying vermin, you can find a variety of sprays and repellents engineered to deter disease-spreading mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas.
While the hot summer months might bring to mind more immediate safety concerns, pet owners should do all they can to remain vigilant throughout the year. Be your furry friend’s best advocate and adhere to a few basic precautions; you’ll both appreciate making fewer trips to the vet!