Summertime pet dangers you need to be aware of!

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With summer weather finally upon us, there are some summertime safety tips you need to know from our fact sheet Summer Time Dangers.

Summertime pet dangers

Heat stroke
summertime pet dangers
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NEVER leave a pet alone in a vehicle, even in the shade. Pets left in cars, or other unventilated areas, or tied in the sun, are susceptible to heat stroke. Since dogs have only a limited ability to sweat, even a short time in a hot environment can be life-threatening. If you see an animal in distress in the heat, call 1-833-9ANIMAL or your local police.

Pets left outdoors on hot summer days can also be in serious danger. Dogs should only be left outdoors for short periods, should have sufficient water and a cool, sheltered place out of direct sun. Walking early morning or evening when it is cooler is advisable.

Certain types of dogs – such as northern breeds (huskies or malamutes) or short-muzzled dogs (boxers and pugs) – can have a more difficult time in the heat. Many dogs are more susceptible to heat exposure. These may include those that:

  • are geriatric
  • are overweight
  • under six months of age
  • have certain medical conditions such as lung or heart disease
  • taking certain medications

For more information on heatstroke and First Aid read our blog: Know the signs: Heatstroke.

Pets in pick-up trucks

It is unsafe for your dog to ride loose on the back of a pick up truck. They can easily be thrown from the back into oncoming traffic, flying debris can injure their eyes and ears, and the metal flatbed can burn their paws. If your pet can’t ride with you in the cab of the truck, leave him at home; it’s safer for everyone!

Garden hazards

Insecticides, herbicides and fertilizers are common causes of pet poisoning. Avoid walking your pet on lawns that have been recently sprayed with any of these chemicals; these substances, if ingested, can cause death. As a precaution, rinse her paws with water after your walk.

For your garden maintenance, use non-toxic, natural alternatives. There are many natural gardening supplies available at most gardening centres. Numerous plants are harmful too.

For more information, see the full fact sheet Summer Time Dangers.