Keeping Your Outdoor Pet Safe in the Summer

Keeping Your Pet Cool:
The most important thing to remember during the summer months is to take care that your pet remains cool when outdoors. This means not leaving your pet outdoors for long periods of time, and making sure that your pet has enough water in his bowl to keep cool.

Never leave your pet in your car during the summer because the temperature in your car can increase dramatically in just a few minutes. If proper care is not taken to make sure they stay cool, pets can suffer from heat exhaustion, a heat stroke, or even die.

Parasites:
It’s also extremely important to check your pet for parasites like fleas and ticks during the summer when your pet is more likely to attract them (whether they stay inside or outside). Mosquitoes can also be dangerous to your pet. Make sure to consult with your veterinarian on the proper parasite protection and treatment, and always follow the printed instructions.

Things to Watch out for in Your Yard:
Make sure you pet proof your yard by making sure that the fertilizers and insecticides that you use in your garden are not toxic to your pet. Make sure to follow instructions on the products that you use and keep an eye out for your pet to make sure he is not ingesting them.

Also make sure to watch out for poisonous plants like sago palm, azaleas, rhododendron, and lilies, as these can be toxic to both cats and dogs.