Stay Cool this Summer: Top 5 Safety Tips

The sun is shining, and it’s time for some outdoor fun with your beloved furry companions. Summer is a fantastic season to engage in activities like fetch in the park, hiking through picturesque trails, or simply relaxing in your backyard. At Brentwood Veterinary Center, we understand that you want the best for your pets, and that means keeping them safe during the hot summer months. To help you and your furry friends enjoy the season to the fullest, we’ve put together five essential summer safety tips that you need to know.

1. Keep Them Hydrated

Hydration is crucial during summer to prevent heatstroke and dehydration in pets. Always make sure there’s an abundant supply of fresh, clean water available for your pets, especially when they’re outside. To add a delightful twist, freeze low-sodium broth or plain water into ice cubes and let your pets enjoy a cooling and refreshing treat.

2. Shield Them from the Sun

Just like humans, pets can also suffer from sunburn. Protect your furry friends by limiting their exposure to the sun during peak hours, typically between 10 am and 4 pm. If they can’t resist staying outdoors, consider using pet-safe sunscreen on their nose, ears, belly, and other exposed areas. Make sure to choose a sunscreen specifically formulated for pets, as regular sunscreen can be harmful to them.

3. Beware of Hot Surfaces

When the temperature rises, pavement, concrete, and asphalt can become scorching and cause burns to your pet’s paws. To keep your pets safe, try walking them during cooler parts of the day, and avoid hot surfaces altogether. A quick test is to place your hand on the pavement for seven seconds – if it’s too hot for your hand, it’s too hot for your pet’s paws.

4. Check for Ticks

Summer is prime time for ticks, and they can carry diseases that are harmful to both pets and humans. After your pets have spent time outdoors, particularly in wooded or grassy areas, be sure to check them for ticks. Pay close attention to hairless areas like armpits, ears, and the belly. If you find a tick, promptly remove it with tweezers and keep an eye on your pet for any signs of illness.

5. Steer Clear of Snakes

Snakes may be more active during the summer, posing a risk to your pets. Teach your furry friends to avoid snakes and keep them on a leash while hiking or in wooded areas. In case your pet gets bitten by a snake, seek immediate veterinary attention.

In conclusion, while summer is a time of fun and excitement, it’s crucial to be mindful of potential dangers to your pets. By following these five essential summer safety tips from Brentwood Veterinary Center, you can ensure your pets stay safe, healthy, and happy throughout the season. Remember, if you ever have concerns about your pet’s well-being, don’t hesitate to reach out to us for advice and support. Prevention is key, so take the necessary steps to protect your furry friend this summer.