It’s summer! We know you want your pets to have fun and be safe while they’re outdoors, so we want to help you prepare them for the seasonal hazards that are common at this time of year. Consider the following five summer pet safety tips, and contact Kindness Animal Hospital if you have any questions.
Beat the Summer Heat
With Cape Coral’s hot summer temperatures, heatstroke can pose a threat to people and pets. Keep your pet safe from the heat by ensuring they have a sheltered area to resort to while they’re outdoors. Leave plenty of cool, fresh water outside for them, too, and toss in some ice cubes a few times to keep the water cool. Limit your pet’s time outdoors in the late morning and early afternoon hours, when the sun is the hottest, and always check on them regularly to make sure they’re safe. If the temperature feels too hot for you, it’s likely too hot for your pet, so it’s best to keep them indoors during inclement weather.
Summer is the season when the number of missing pets tends to increase. Don’t let your pet be one of them. Make sure your canine or feline companion has adequate identification in the form of an ID collar and/or permanent microchip. That way, if your pet ever becomes separated from you, they can be returned. This is especially important if your pet spends a lot of time outdoors or if you’ll be traveling somewhere with them for summer vacation.
Warmer temperatures unfortunately bring parasites like fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. These tiny critters can cause a number of health problems for pets, including allergy dermatitis (fleas), Lyme disease (ticks), and heartworm disease (mosquitoes). To protect your pet, we recommend keeping them on a year-round preventive. We carry several parasite preventives here at Kindness Animal Hospital and can recommend the best one for your pet at your next visit.
Sago palms are common in Florida and help beautify homes, but did you know they are highly toxic to pets? The seeds are the most toxic and can cause several damage to the liver or worse if ingested. Other toxic plants include azaleas, oleander, and lilies. If you have these plants near your home, make sure your pet can’t access them.
Summer isn’t summer without a trip to the beach. If you’ll be bringing Fluffy along, first make sure that the beach of your choice is dog-friendly. Avoid going to the beach during the late morning and afternoon hours, when the hot sand can burn your dog’s paw pads. Bring plenty of fresh water too, and don’t forget the bowl! Remember to also keep your dog on a leash, both for their protection and that of the other people and pets on the beach. You might want to also consider having your dog wear a life jacket if you let them swim.