Warm weather pet safety

Article taken from the American Veterinary Medical Association website

Be prepared

  • Talk to your veterinarian about warm weather risks for pets (and travel safety if you plan to travel with a pet).
  • Make sure your pets have unlimited access to fresh water, and access to shade when outside.
  • Keep your pet free of parasites that are more common during warm weather, such as fleas, ticks and heartworm.
  • Ask your veterinarian how to recognize signs of heat stress.

Keep pets at home

  • Leave your pets at home if possible when you need to go out and about.
  • Provide different temperature zones within your house for your pet’s comfort.
  • Never leave a pet in the car, even in the shade or with windows cracked. Cars can overheat quickly to deadly temperatures, even when the weather isn’t severe.

Keep them comfortable

  • If it’s hot outside for you, it’s even hotter for your pet.
  • Take walks, hikes or runs during the cooler hours of the day.
  • Avoid hot surfaces, such as asphalt, that can burn your pet’s paws.
  • Ask your veterinarian if your pet would benefit from a warm-weather haircut or sunscreen.

Exercising with your pet

  • Consult your veterinarian prior to starting an exercise program for your pet. Overweight pets and short-nosed dog breeds have higher risk of problems with warm-weather exercise.
  • Don’t walk, run or hike with a dog during the hottest parts of the day or on particularly warm days.
  • Take frequent breaks.
  • Bring enough water for both you and your pet.
Published On: December 15, 2020|Categories: Cat Health, Dog Health, Pet Health|