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5 Important Summer Safety Tips For Pet Owners

By Amber Kingsley

In a recent post, we discussed some dangers associated with autumn when it comes to our canines. But warmer summer months also pose some unique hazards for our four-legged friends. This is the time of year that the heat causes a number of dangers for dog and cats. It’s not just the danger of being trapped in a hot car, there are many other potentially deadly heat-related stresses affecting our animals.

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So in this light, here are five summer safety tips for pets and their owners:

#1 – Surface Survival

Many of us have heard the expression, “it’s so hot out there, you could fry an egg on the sidewalk,” and the same is true for our pet’s sensitive paws. When the outside temperature reaches 95℉, surfaces such as concrete and asphalt can reach up 140℉, easily hot enough to cause a serious burn on their feet.

#2 – Signs & Symptoms

Be vigilant when it comes to monitoring your pet for signs and symptoms of heatstroke and dehydration, two dangerous conditions that can lead to serious problems or even result in death. For dogs and cats who become overheated, they may:

  • Pant or salivate excessively
  • Become agitated or restless
  • Have labored breathing
  • Begin frothing or foaming at the mouth
  • Have an increased heart rate
  • Begin vomiting or have diarrhea
  • Become weak, lethargic or listless
  • Vocalize excessively for no apparent reason

Eventually, these symptoms can elevate to seizures, collapse, coma or even death. If you pet is showing signs of being overheated or dehydrated, take them to the veterinarian immediately.

#3 – Swimming Safely

While many canines (and fewer cats) enjoy a nice dip in these cool waters, swimming pools are known to be sources of injuries and illnesses for animals. When it comes to summer safety and enjoying some time poolside with our pets, remember to:

Never – assume an animal can swim or force them into the water

Always – slowly introduce them to the water if they seem interested

Never – allow them in or near the water when the pool is covered

Always – ensure they know how to safely enter and exit the pool

Never – let them drink pool water with chemicals, even saltwater can be hazardous

Always – use protection like goggles or life vests when appropriate

Just like our two-legged children, our four-legged friends should never be left unsupervised around a swimming pool.

cat lounging

#4 – Sunburn

More time in the sun puts us and our pets in danger of getting a painful sunburn. Animals with shorter hair, lighter colored fur and skin are at an increased danger. There are sunscreen products available for animals, but if you’re having trouble locating a brand that’s pet-friendly, consider those approved for the use on children.

#5 – Kid Friendly

Speaking of children, if you’re worried about your pet becoming too hot when they’re outdoors, consider purchasing them one of those “kiddie-pools.” While we all know to give them plenty of fresh water and shade, these miniature dipping devices can give our pets some more relief from the searing, summer heat.

Summer is a great time of year and shouldn’t pose a threat to our pets if we are careful and give them some extra attention. Be sure to keep a watchful eye on your dog or cat during these warmer periods to keep them out of danger.


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7 thoughts on “5 Summer Safety Tips

  • Braden Bills

    I want to make sure that I take good care of my dog. I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for strange behavior! That way I can get him to a professional who can ensure that he’s not having any issues.

  • Sarah Smith

    I just got a puppy and want to take good care of him. I had no idea that pets can get sunburn and that you should put pet-friendly sunscreen on them. Another thing to do is to get your pet treated and checked out once a year by a vet.

  • Braden Bills

    I want to make sure that I take good care of my pets. It makes sense that I would want to ensure that I have a vet that I can take them to! That way I won’t have to panic about where to take them if they are having problems.

  • Braden Bills

    I got a new dog, so I want to make sure that I keep him healthy. It makes sense that I would want to watch out for any excessive panting or labored breathing. If I notice those symptoms I’ll be sure to take him in to a vet.

  • Lillian Schaeffer

    I like how you mentioned that excessive salivation can indicate heatstroke in a dog. It’s been kind of warm, and my dog has been salivating a lot. I’m not sure if it’s just him or something else, but it might be best to visit a vet.

  • Jeremy Thompson

    Thanks for the great tips on some summer safety tips for my pet! I’m glad that you mentioned how to see symptoms of heatstroke and dehydration. Knowing these symptoms could definitely help me be aware of my dog’s current condition. I’ll see to it that next summer if I see her salivate excessively, restless, vomiting, and weakening, I’ll take her to a reliable vet to save her life. Additionally, I’ll have large amounts of cold water ready for my little chow since she might need it more for she’s so fluffy. I’ll do my best to follow your tips on how to teach her to swim too that should be a fun activity to do together. I wouldn’t want my chow to just suddenly perish due to my carelessness.