We all love those sunshine days where we can explore the open spaces around us or take a leisurely stroll on the beach and our pets like it too, as long as they are properly looked after.

It is easy to forget that our pets have different ways of dealing with hot summer days compared to us and here are some essential tips to keep them safe.

Removing a few layers

If we get too hot, it is easily resolved by taking off a few layers of clothing until we are comfortable again. Just imagine what it would be like to be sitting in the blazing hot sunshine with your big winter coat on, because that’s what your dog or cat has to contend with.

Dogs and cats have no option when it comes to regulating the heat other than panting in order to regulate their temperature, which will help your dog cool down but if you don’t pay attention to their state of health, they can quickly develop heatstroke.

The danger signs are a body temperature in excess of 104°F, excessive panting, dark or bright red tongue and gums and a general staggering or stupor as they struggle to cope.

Make sure that if you take your dog out in the car, that they have good access to plenty of fresh air and avoid leaving them in the car for any period of time, but if you do have to leave them briefly, make sure that they have access to plenty of water.

Cats can suffer a similar fate if they are left in the house without access to fluids and where they are unable to escape from a high temperature, so be mindful of making sure they can be comfortable while you are away by ensuring they have plenty of water and can escape the heat if necessary.

Pool safety

In the summer months, we all like to play in and around water and that includes dogs too, but you need to exercise caution because they can actually drown if Chessie swimmingreasonable precautions are not taken. Dogs of all shapes and sizes sadly come to grief every summer and some specialists in the pet industry estimate that the chances of a pet drowning are about 1 in just over 1,000, so you should consider treating access to a pool area or water for your pet with the same caution that you would with your children.

Whilst you could argue that dogs appear to have a certain amount of natural ability and good energy levels, their levels of ability vary dramatically according to their breed, shape and size, so take precautions to ensure that your pet does not have the potential to get into difficulties especially in a larger area of water such as a lake.

Feeding your lawn

When the sun comes out, we all get the urge to spruce up the garden and many of us tend to use products such as fertilizers, insecticides and pesticides to get the backyard looking its best. The problem with feeding your lawn and garden is that you could be potentially feeding your pet as well, so always exercise extreme caution when using any sort of chemicals that could be harmful to your pet.

Always read the care labels when using fertilizers and insecticides and if you can’t get a product that is designed to be safe around pets then make sure that your dog or cat is not able to gain access to these harmful substances which could be fatal for them.

Having fun and keeping your pet safe during the summer months is perfectly easy to achieve, you just need to keep an eye on them and follow a few simple safety tips to keep them out of trouble.


Author Bio:  Dennis Porter is a retired security guard. He now likes to post his insights on various security blogs. To learn more, just visit www.SelectHomeSecurity.com.

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