Pet Safety Tips During The Summer Months
Pet Safety Tips During the Summer Months!
For most of us that own pets, they are part of our family and when we think of our pets we treat them the same way we would treat family members. Sometimes people who own pets forget how dangerous the summer months can be for our furry family members and we need friendly reminders that they are not able to take care of themselves—our pets trust us to take care of them.
SERVPRO® of Fredericksburg has put together a list of friendly reminders to help you give your pets a safe and happy summer.
~Make sure your pets are vaccinated for parasites and have flea and tick treatment.
~Do NOT shave your pets, you can trim your pets but shaving them leaves them susceptible to overheating and sunburn.
~Always walk your pets with caution when not walking them on grassy areas, concrete and asphalt gets very hot and can burn their paw pads very quickly.
~Make sure they always have access to cool, fresh water.
~NEVER Leave them in a car alone.
~Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion and what to do if your pet suffers from heat exhaustion – Heavy panting, dry or bright red gums, thick drool, vomiting, diarrhea, wobbly legs. DO NOT place your pet in ice cold water, instead move to a cool area, drape a cool wet towel over their head and get them to a vet as soon as possible.
~Never leave them around pools unattended and pets should always wear life jackets when swimming in lakes, ponds or any open body of water.
~During the summer months we use chemicals and products around our homes that are toxic to our pets. Please be careful when using insecticides, rodenticides, citronella candles, tiki torches products, insect coils, etc.
~ When having friend and family gatherings ask them not to share food with your pets and make sure hot charcoal is never emptied where your pet can step on it.
~Keep it cool inside for your pet to enjoy with you.
~Remember your pet can have a heat stroke when temperatures are high.