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8 Summer Pet Safety Tips

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Hydration

Ensure your pet has access to plenty of fresh water at all times, especially during hot days. Dehydration can be a serious risk in the summer heat.

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Avoid Hot Surfaces

Keep your pet off hot pavement and surfaces to prevent burns on their paw pads. Opt for walks during cooler times of the day or stick to grassy areas.

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Provide Shade

Create shaded areas in your yard where your pet can retreat from the sun's heat. Shade helps prevent overheating and sunburns.

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Never Leave in Cars

Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car, even for a short time. Cars can quickly become dangerously hot, leading to heatstroke.

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Watch for Signs of Heatstroke

Be vigilant for signs of heatstroke, including excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, and vomiting. If you suspect heatstroke, seek veterinary care immediately.

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Limit Outdoor Exercise

Avoid strenuous outdoor activities during the hottest part of the day. Opt for early morning or late evening walks to prevent overheating.

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Protect from Parasites

Keep your pet protected from fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes by using appropriate preventatives. These pests are more prevalent in the summer months.

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Stay Cool Indoors

On extremely hot days, keep your pet indoors with the air conditioning or fans running. Provide cool, damp towels for them to lie on.