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Summer safety for our pets

January 19, 2024

With the arrival of long sunny days, it’s a good time to touch upon some points to help our 4-legged family members stay comfortable and safe this summer.

Unfortunately, we tend to see an increase in heat stroke cases over the summer months. There can be a few contributing factors but the main causes we see are pets being left in vehicles and pets exercising in the heat of the day. Heat stroke can progress very quickly and is, in some cases, fatal.

By following some simple guidelines, we can decrease our pets’ chances of overheating.

  • NEVER leave your pet alone in a parked car, even if temperatures feel tolerable to you. Temperatures rise in parked cars incredibly quickly and our pets have minimal abilities to sweat and cool themselves down, resulting in increased panting and subsequently, overheating.
  • Exercise pets in the morning or evening when temperatures are cooler and if possible, stick to shaded areas.
  • Always provide clean, fresh water both inside and outside and if possible, take water on walks.
  • Provide access to as much shade as possible if dogs are outside – trees, kennels, garage, porch etc.
  • Provision of a paddling pool. The clam shell pools are great, even for larger dogs that cannot lie in them. Dogs can cool down quickly via cooling their paws so many large dogs also enjoy simply standing in cold water.