Updated 3/26/2020 — COVID-19 affects us all. Find out how Vetsource is supporting veterinary practices, pet owners, and our employees during this challenging time.

Keep Your Pet Safe All Summer with These 9 Tips

stripey kitten sitting in grass and little white flowers

Check out these summer safety tips for your furry friend!

Fun in the Sun

Long, summer days mean more time spent outdoors, but with that can come the dangers of overheating, dehydration, and sunburn. Be sure to take precautions to keep your pet safe.

• Beat the heat: Try to limit your activities to early morning and late evening when temperatures are naturally cooler. If you’re going to be outside during the day, stay in the shade as much as possible, or let your pet splash around in a kiddie pool to stay cool. Also beware of hot asphalt, which can burn your pal’s paws. If you can’t hold your hand on the pavement for 10 seconds, it’s too hot for your pet’s paws. And never leave your pet in your car, even for just a few minutes.

• Stay hydrated: Hot weather can lead to overheating and dehydration, so always make sure your pet always has access to clean, fresh water.

• Protect your pet’s skin: You may want to consider a pet-friendly sunscreen if your pet has light skin or short hair, which makes him more susceptible to sunburn and skin cancer. Check with your veterinarian for recommendations.

Parasite Protection

Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes are more common during the warmer months, though they’re a danger to pets all year-round. These parasites can transmit serious illnesses, like Lyme disease and heartworm. Prevention is the best medicine, so make sure your furry friend is on a preventative throughout the year.

The Great Outdoors

Summertime is ripe for frolicking, family fun, and festivities! There’s a lot of fun to be had, but keep an eye out for…

dog and people at outdoor barbecue

• Grassy areas: Many lawns and gardens are treated with fertilizers and pesticides, so it’s best to keep your pet away from unfamiliar grassy areas.

• Critters: Snakes, scorpions, skunks, and porcupines can pose a threat to your pet. Steer clear if any of these creatures cross your path.

• Poisonous plants: Wild mushrooms, azaleas, and lilies are all toxic to pets. Also beware of gardens, as onions and unripe tomatoes are also dangerous.

• Barbeques: Keep table scraps out of reach, especially corn cobs, bones, and watermelon rinds. Also make sure alcohol, lighter fluid, charcoal briquettes, and citronella candles are kept far away from pets.

• Fireworks: The loud noises frighten many pets, so be sure your pal is safe and secure before the fireworks start. It’s best to keep your pet indoors and away from windows. If you set off fireworks in your yard, clean them up before letting your pet outside.