During the summer, dogs and cats can suffer from the same problems humans suffer, including overheating, dehydration and sunburn. Keep your pets happy and healthy by taking some simple precautions:
A visit to the veterinarian for an early summer checkup is a must. Ask your doctor to recommend a safe, effective flea and tick control program.
Never leave your pet alone in a vehicle — hyperthermia can be fatal. Even with the windows open, a parked automobile can quickly become a furnace in no time. Parking in the shade offers little protection because the sun shifts during the day.
Don’t let your dog stand on hot asphalt. His or her body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks to a minimum during the hottest times of day.
Always carry a gallon thermos filled with cold, fresh water when traveling with your pet.
The right time for playtime is in the cool of the early morning or evening, but never after a meal or in humid weather.
Provide fresh water and plenty of shade for animals kept outdoors; a properly constructed dog house serves best. Bring your dog or cat inside during the heat of the day to rest in a cool part of the house.
Be especially sensitive to older and overweight animals in hot weather. Snub-nosed dogs such as Bulldogs, Pugs, Boston Terriers, Lhasa Apsos and Shih Tzus, as well as those with heart or lung diseases, should be kept in air conditioned rooms as much as possible.
If your pet will be joining you on your swimming adventures, be it lakeside, oceanside or poolside:
Do not leave pets unsupervised around a body of water.
Remember that not all dogs are good swimmers, so if water sports are a big part of your family, please introduce your pets to water gradually.
Try not to let your dog drink pool water, which contains chlorine and other chemicals that could cause stomach and intestinal upset.
Make sure all pets wear flotation devices on boats.