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5 Ways To Keep Your Pets Safe This Summer

Pets often spend more time outside during the summer months. However, the summer heat can make it dangerous for an animal to be outside. There are many steps that you can take in order to protect your pets.

Do Not Leave Your Pet in the Car

An animal should never be left alone in a hot car. Even if you leave the windows cracked, the car can heat up quickly. In fact, the inside temperature can rise by 19 degrees Fahrenheit in just 7 minutes. That is why leaving an animal in a hot car can be dangerous.

Keep in mind that the temperature outside does not have to be very high in order for it to be hot inside of a vehicle. The temperature inside of a car can be 40 degrees hotter than the temperature outside. For example, if it is 65 degrees outside, then it can be 105 degrees inside of a car.

Use Pet Sunscreen

Skin cancer is the second-most common cancer in cats. It is the most common cancer in dogs. Excessive sun exposure is one of the main things that can cause skin cancer in pets. One of the best things that you can do to protect your pets from the sun is to apply sunscreen to areas that are exposed to the sun such as the belly and ears. Sunscreen should be reapplied every three or four hours.

Make sure that you use sunscreen that is specifically made for dogs or cats. Zinc oxide, which is one of the ingredients that is found in sunscreen, can be toxic to animals.

Be Careful When Walking Pets

The best time for you to walk your pet is early in the morning or late in the evening. Walking an animal on an extremely hot day can increase the risk of heat stroke or heat exhaustion. It can also be uncomfortable for an animal to walk on a hot sidewalk. Try to keep your pet on the grass when you are walking them.

You should also avoid walking your pet when it is extremely humid outside. High humidity not only makes it more uncomfortable for the animal to be outside, but it also makes it more difficult for the animals to cool off their bodies. Heat stroke or heat exhaustion will occur if the animal cannot effectively cool off their body.

Provide Your Pet With Plenty of Water

One of the best things that you can do to keep your pet cool is to provide them with plenty of water. You should also put ice cubes in the water so that the water can stay cool for a longer period of time. Not only will you need to provide your pet with plenty of water to drink, but you may also want to give them a kiddie pool. A kiddie pool will provide your pet with instant relief from the heat. Make sure that you put the pool in a shaded area.

Install a Pet Door

Many animals like being outside when it is hot. However, you need to make sure that you install a pet door. Pet doors allow your animal to come inside whenever they get too hot. You can install a pet door in glass, wood, and metal, so virtually any type of door can support a pet door. It is important to remember that an animal can become overheated even if they are in a shaded area.

The summer heat can make it dangerous for an animal. Fortunately, you can protect your pet by providing them with plenty of water and walking them in the morning or late in the evening. An animal should never be left in a car. Additionally, you should install a pet door and make sure that your pet has plenty of water.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
Tim Esterdahl

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