Summer Pet Tips

Summer is here and warmer weather means spending more time in the great outdoors. Here are some tips to help you keep your pet safe, healthy, and happy.

    1. Don’t leave your pet alone in the car, even if it’s “only for a few minutes.” If anything happens to you while you’re gone, it could be hours before your pet is found and rescued.
    2. Don’t force your pet to exercise while it’s hot and humid outside. Exercise early in the morning or in the cool of the evening.
    3. Provide lots of clean, fresh water and plenty of shade for pets that live outdoors. If you want, bring them indoors during the hottest hours of the day.
    4. Don’t let your pet run loose. Left alone on an adventure, your pet could contract rabies or be bitten by a snake. There’s also the possibility that your pet could become lost, stolen, or run over by a car.
    5. Sidewalks and pavement can burn your pet’s paws. Keep walks in paved areas to a minimum.
    6. At the beach, be sure to rinse the saltwater from your dog after every romp in the ocean. Make sure she has shade and plenty of freshwater to drink.
    7. Keep your pet’s hair brushed. If you have a dog, keep it clipped to about 1.” This is long enough to protect him from sunburn but short enough to help him stay cool.
    8. Watch for leaks coming from the radiator of your car or other automobiles parked near your home. Antifreeze is attractive but is extremely poisonous to your pet.
    9. Keep your pet treated for fleas, ticks, and heartworm.
    10. Browse the ASPCA database for poisonous flowers and veggies that may be growing in your yard or in the local landscape.


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