Pet Safety for the Summer

Summertime is just around the corner and when we feel the heat, our pets do too! It’s important to protect your pets and keep them from overheating when temperatures are toasty outside, so here are some simple tips to follow.

Keep Them Hydrated

Just like humans, pets need to stay hydrated, especially when the temperature outside starts climbing. Always provide your pet with fresh water and bring a water bottle for them if you go on a walk. When you do go on walks with your pet this summer, be mindful of the time of day you choose to go and for how long you’re outside. Walk in the morning or evening to avoid the highest temperatures of the day, stick to shady areas, and don’t stay outside too long.

Be Mindful of Car Trips

Sometimes our pets have to come with us when we run errands, but that doesn’t mean we have to leave them in the car! The temperature in cars can rise over 20° in 10 minutes during the summertime heat, so never, under any circumstances, should you leave your pet in the car. The US is lucky to have a lot of pet-friendly places, so either take your pet in the store with you or leave them at home.

Watch for Signs of Overheating

Animals can overheat very quickly if they are not properly looked after when it’s hot outside. Be mindful of panting, dizziness, or general disorientation in your pet, as these are all signs of overheating. The quickest ways to cool down pets that are too hot are to bring them inside, give them cool drinking water, and maybe even give them a frozen treat to snack on.

Pay extra attention to your pets and how they are handling the summer heat this season! Get some more tips from Kelly Cass below, if you have any other tips or tricks to keep pets safe during summer, add them in the comments section.


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  1. Yes protect against mosquitoes and ticks. My dogs, my son’s, and myself all have Lyme disease. It has caused me to start several Lyme groups, including the Louisiana Lyme Association and my soon to be non-profit. It’s out of control. I’d love to share my verified Lyme patient maps. We are way worse than most believe.  I own Worldwide Lyme Awareness & Assistance and the Lyme Mapping Project. I also have Surviving Lyme in the Southeast and Lyme Facts & Health Related Issues. My next goal is to educate schools thoughout Louisiana to protect our children and to let them be a voice for awareness as well