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Yep, summer is finally here! And you know what that means, right? Lots of sun and hot temperatures. But with that heat and sun also comes possible dangers for us animals.
Today I wanna share with you pet parents some hot weather safety tips…courtesy of the ASPCA…to keep your pets happy and healthy this summer.
- Make sure your pets are up-to-date on vaccinations and flea protection, especially if they go outside.
- Keep plenty of fresh water available. Pets can become dehydrated very quickly when it’s hot.
- If your pet goes out in the yard, make sure there are shady spots available for him or her to get out of the sun.
- NEVER EVER leave pets alone in a parked car. Did you know that on an 85 degree day it only takes 10 minutes for the inside temperature of a car to reach 102 degrees? And in 30 minutes it can reach 120 degrees or higher.
- Never leave pets unsupervised around pools.
- Warmer weather means open windows and doors. But you should keep all unscreened windows and doors in your home closed…and make sure the screens that you have are secure. You don’t want your pet to get out unexpectedly.
- Asphalt and cement get really hot quickly with the sun beating on them. Don’t let your pet linger for too long on hot asphalt or cement. They could burn their paw pads.
- Keep lawn and garden insecticides and fertilizers out of your pet’s reach.
- Recognize the signs of overheating in a pet…excessive panting, increased heart rate, drooling, weakness, stupor or even collapse. If your pet becomes overheated, you’ll want him or her to see a veterinarian as soon as possible.
With the warmer temps, it’s important for pet parents to be vigilant when it comes to their pets to make sure they aren’t overwhelmed by the heat and sun. I hope these tips help you and your pets have a happy and safe summer.
Now it’s time for me to have a long sip of this nip lemonade. Happy Summer!
42 Responses to “Summer’s Here…Hot Weather Safety Tips for Pets”
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very good tips….it is tough here to get Chanel on outings in the summer with the heat so we do indoor stuff
Thank you for spreading this information, all of these tips are so important. I would like to add that not only can pets get out from opened windows without screens, bloodsuckers (fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, etc.) can get in, and that depending on the area you live in and whether and where your pet goes outside, you should also consider tick protection.
That’s a very good point!
you look marvelous.
Those are some good tips. The hot asphalt is easy for shoe wearing humans to forget about.
Great info Zoey. The hot weather is hard on everyone. Shade and water are the two main things. You all have a fantastic day.
Happy Summer, Zoey! These are great tips for humans to remember.
These are important tips! It gets really hot in the car in 70 degree weather! My human cranks up the air conditioner and leaves the car door open for a few minutes after therapy cat visits in the summer, if we are parked outside.
We can’t like this post enough. We like summer but this is the time of year our Mom dislikes because so many people leave their dogs in cars at the grocery stores in town. People here just don’t get it, officials too, and she gets into screaming matches with them way too often. She’s taken to carrying a hand-held temperature gauge in her car to prove the point, but nope. People think she’s bonkers to worry.
GREAT info. Thank you so much. I’m going to get mama to up the air conditioning…er…lower, that is.
Those are great tips to keep in mind, Zoey. We’re keeping an eye on our mom, since she regularly shows signs of stupor!
Great tips. I love your hat and shades. 🙂
You look so summery today, Zoey! Great tips! I can’t believe it when someone leaves their pet in a car.
Zoey thank goodness I’m an indoors only kit kat. Mom and Dad tell me I’m the smartest one in the family never to go out side
Hugs madi your bfff
PS I meant to say you are stylin’ big time today
Zoey, you look so cute in your summer gear! These are great tips! We’ll be sure to stay cool, safe and hydrated!
Mom had to rush me to the vet one day when I’d been up in the attic on a hot day (long story). I was almost heat stroked, but not quite, though treated medically about the same. So ever since she’s been hyper vigilant of us in hot situations. For example. I have yet another appt at the vet next Friday, and she made sure it was an am appt, so as to limit my time outside, in the car ( which does have AC but still, she is cautious). – Toby
Thanks for all the reminders Zoey…..it’s nice to have some out time but we have to have it SAFELY!!
Great reminders, Zoey, and very good tips ! Purrs
So many things to remember and think about! You are really dressed for the part!
All great ways to keep our babies safe.
Have a purrfect day. ♥
Zoey, you are totally decked out for summer, aren’t you? Great tips on how to keep our kitties safe and happy.
Great tips, Zoey! We think you would be a total beach babe 🙂
Great tips, Zoey! Have any more of that nip lemonade?
Those were all so good and you look really cute sweet Zoey!
Excellent, excellent tips. Another one I learned about is that small dogs are closer to the pavement and their bellies get hot just from the heat radiating up from the ground.
Nip lemonade? YUM!
Zoey, you are darling! These are good tips and reminders. The big guy loves to crank up the a/c in the summer, so we probably won’t get hot, but these are great tips and lots of animals spend at least some time outside.
Excellent post to let everyone know about such important things. Sometimes it can be easy to overlook these issues with us felines. Thank you for this wonderful, informative post.
Those are great tips! Especially about pools and overheating. Pets can overheat even in air conditioning. Great post Island kitties!
Those are great tips, Zoey, and very important!
You look very cute in the hat and sunglasses 🙂
These are all important reminders. We have to be very careful with the hot concrete on our walks. ♥
Good reminders, mum is sure I stay cool and puts the air chiller on when needed.
What great tips! And I loved reading all the comments too!
Thanks for the summertime reminders!
Remember that cats can get sunburned as well. Pink skinned, pinked nosed and white cats are particularly susceptible. If your kitties are sun worshippers, make certain you use sunscreen ,especially made for pets, on them. XOCK, angel Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, angel Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth, Calista Jo, Cooper Murphy and Sawyer
p.s. You look particularly adorable, Zoey, and well protected from the sun.
You look ready, Zoey! These are great tips, but we’re still waiting for summer to actually arrive here (in spite of what the calendar says)!
Those are pawsome tips, Zoey. We have screens but TW never opens our vertical windows wide enough that I can get my head through anymore.
zoey, you look FABulous in your hat and shades and thank you for this post as these tips are very helpful and please tell mom to refill your drink…..indeed ~~~~~ hugs from dai$y =^..*= ♥♥
Oh, Zoey, you’re such a cute girl with your Summer clothes 😀 Excellent tips! I like to stay outside in the heat, but Granny is checking about 10 times an hour on me, that I stay COOL I also have a cold mat to cool off, but I avoid it every time I see it. I find my own cool places 😉 Cool Pawkisses for a wonderful Summer 🙂 <3
Zoey, you look cool as a cucumber!
It sure has been super duper hot these past few days. Too hot in fact.
It’s easy for the humans to forget how really hot it gets for us four paws. Our humans sometimes see people out running or cycling with their dogs who are clearly exhausted from the heat and the asphalt. Great tips to remember!
By the way I love your beach looks Zoey! Hope you enjoyed the nip lemonade!