We’re well into summer and families across the U.S. are slathering on the sunscreen and making sure to stay hydrated. When it comes to safety while having fun in the sun, don’t forget about the four-legged members of your family.
According to VetDepot’s Summertime Safety for Your Pet Infographic, there have been 22,356 record daily high temperatures in the U.S. from January to June of this year. With temperatures soaring, it’s especially important for pet parents to take hot weather precautions.
Pets should never be left in a parked car, even for a short period of time. Temperatures can reach deadly highs within minutes, and leaving the windows cracked is not enough. Owners should protect pets by leaving them at home while out running errands. Pets should also have access to cool, clean water at all times and always have a shady place to rest when outdoors.
Although exercise is important for your pet’s health, special considerations should be made during hot weather. Exercise, especially intense activity like running or hiking, should be limited to early mornings and evenings. Also, avoid asphalt when going on walks to prevent burns on the pads of canine feet.