Four Pet No-nos this Summer

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We all can’t wait for summer: it’s the season for beaches, bikinis, and long road trips. It’s the ideal time to unwind and temporarily forget about all your daily life and your problems.

However, forget everything, but not the overall health and welfare of your pet. Little do most pet owners know that summer is extremely dangerous, and unknowingly, they expose their furry friends to the numerous situations which can, in all seriousness, kill them.

As a responsible pet owner, you must do everything in your power to avoid the following:

Leaving Them Inside Cars

This list isn’t in any particular order, but this take the top spot out of every list. Every summer, hundreds and perhaps thousands, of pets die because their owners left them inside cars, usually during shopping trips or other outdoor appointments. A closed car – or one with partially open windows – can turn into a hellish furnace-like enclosure in a matter of minutes. This in turn causes heatstroke, which is deadly if medical attention isn’t done immediately.

The best way to prevent this is simple: never bring your pets for outdoor trips if you’re going to leave them inside cars on a scorching summer day.

Shaving Their Fur

This seems like common sense: shaving your pet’s fur will keep them cool this summer, because duh, thick fur keeps them hot.

Doing so actually makes your pet more prone to heatstroke, along with sunburn – yes, dogs and cats can get sunburn, particularly short-haired breeds. Basically, their fur is acts like a house’s insulation: it keeps them warm during cold months and cool when the mercury rises.

However, if your dog is a St. Bernard, Tibetan mastiff or one with thick fur, it may be a good idea to shave it. Before you do so however, be sure to consult your veterinarian or have a groomer do it for you.

Walking Them on a Hot Day

Note: this only applies to dogs, unless if you somehow managed to leash-train your cat.

Walking a dog is mutually beneficial, as it helps both human and animal exercise and get in shape. Unlike humans though, dogs usually don’t get to wear shoes, accessories or any other kind of footwear exposing them to the hot concrete roads and sidewalks. At their hottest, they can be comparable to walking on hot coals, so why should you subject your canine companion to this form of torture?

Burnt paws can be hard to treat, and is extremely uncomfortable for your pet. Avoid this by simply scheduling from five in the morning to nine, and five in the afternoon and beyond.

Swimming Hazards

If your dog – or cat – loves to hit the water and swim with the dolphins, take note that they can get pretty exhausted quickly, so limit their time in the water. Other than that, riptides and strong currents may end up sending your pet farther from the shore, and this may not end well.

Be sure to strap your dog to a life jacket specifically made for them. After the activity, be sure that they are thoroughly dry, especially the ears.

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