Sunny days and the summer sun are something both you and your pet enjoy. However, just like we protect ourselves from the summer heat with sunscreen and hydration, we must protect our pets too. Here’s how you can better protect your furry friends this season with these summer pet safety tips.
Protect Your Pets from the Heat
The summer heat is particularly dangerous for our playful companions, regardless of their breed. Short-haired dogs and cats fare better in the summer sun, so it’s a good idea to keep longer-haired animals groomed and trimmed for the season. It’s always best to let a professional groomer handle your pet’s care. They know how to cut their fur properly and what’s best for the season.
You should also know the warning signs of heat-related illness for pets. Spotting these signs and acting quickly can be the difference between life and death for your pets. These include:
- Rapid breathing/panting
- Excess salvia
- Verbal cues, such as constant barking or meowing
- Stumbling or staggering
If you notice any of these symptoms, take your pet inside or get them to shade right away and give them water. And if their symptoms do not improve, you need to take them to a veterinarian. Likewise, you must never leave your pets chained outside during the summer day or left alone in your car, no matter how long you’re away from the vehicle.
Fourth of July and Firework Safety
Fourth of July and firework festivities are a fun time for adults and children. However, the loud bang and flashing lights can be frightening for both dogs and cats. Some animal breeds, like dalmatians, are less susceptible to loud noises, so it might not bother them. It’s a case-by-case basis, as some animals can tolerate the noise and flashes while others cannot.
If you’re noticing your pet acting erratically during a firework show, you should take them inside and put them in a quiet area. Look after them until they calm down and make sure they are comfortable before leaving. There are items you can try, such as a thunder jacket, that help cats and dogs control their anxiety. However, if you know fireworks will be an issue, it’s best to just leave them inside and close the blinds.
Secure Your Yard
Dogs and cats like to make a break for outside any chance they get. You can install a fence around the perimeter of your property to give your pets the freedom to roam around the backyard, while you watch over them through your security cameras.
If you use a dog door or plan to install one, you place a motion sensor by the door to see when your pets go in and out of the house. And if a fence is outside the realm of possibilities, you could use a perimeter collar to prevent your pets from running away.
It requires a watchful eye and persistent care to keep your pets safe during the summer season. For more home security and safety tips, contact the experts at ADS Security today.