Be cool: Summertime Pet Safety

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The summer weather is finally here – and we couldn’t be more excited! But we also want to make sure you and your dogs are safe in the summertime, so here are some great tips from our blog The Dos and Donts of Summertime Safety for Dogs.

DO: Make sure your dog always has access to fresh water and a cool, sheltered place out of direct sunlight to avoid heat stroke. Learn how to identify the signs of heat stroke, and what to do in case your dog shows any symptoms, by reading our Summertime Dangers Fact Sheet.

DON’T: Leave pets outside for too long. If possible, avoid going outside when temperatures are at their highest. Limit your time outside to short periods at a time and try to go for walks in the early mornings or evenings when the weather is a little cooler.

DO: Know whether your dog is more susceptible to heat exposure. Certain breeds of dogs, such as northern breeds or short-muzzled dogs, can have a more difficult time with the heat. Other dogs that are more vulnerable, include dogs that are older, overweight, on certain medications, under six months old, and dogs with certain medical conditions such as lung or heart disease.

DON’T: Leave your pet alone in a vehicle, even if the car is parked in the shade with the windows slightly down. Dogs have a limited ability to sweat, so even a short time in a hot environment can be life threatening.

Dogs should also never ride in the back of a pick-up truck, even for a short distance. Your dog may be thrown from the truck, get an injury from flying debris, or burn its paws on the hot metal surface.

DO: Enjoy some quality time with your dog this summer! Play some games, make some memories, and stay cool, hydrated, and safe!

Learn more Dos and Don’ts on garden products, and insecticides on the FULL blog post!

If you see an animal in distress in the heat, call 1-833-9ANIMAL or your local police. For more hot weather pet safety tips, visit ontariospca.ca. Remember, if it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pet!