Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe This Summer
NAPPS Urges Pet Parents to Protect Their Pets from Common Summer Dangers
With summer on the horizon and temperatures on the rise, weather conditions can become potentially hazardous for pets. In an effort to help increase awareness about the importance of summer safety, the National Association of Professional Pet Sitters (NAPPS), a nonprofit trade association dedicated to promoting the welfare of animals, created a summer safety guide with valuable tips and best practices for protecting pets during the warm summer months.
As pet parents, its our responsibility to protect our animals from summer threats including exposure to extreme heat, said NAPPS president Yvette Gonzales. Pet parents tend to forget that the sun isnt the only thing they have to worry about. There are a lot of other risks that pets face during the summer months.
NAPPS urges pet parents to also consider these additional tips to help keep pets safe and cool under the summers sun:
- Avoid walking your dog during the hottest part of the day. If youre unable to walk your dog when its cooler outside, hire a professional pet sitter.
- Apply sunscreen made specifically for pets to light skinned and light-furred dogs. Although their fur helps provide protection, areas around their mouth, ears and belly remain susceptible to sunburn.
- Dont rely on a dog house to shield your pup from the sun. A dog house can be just as dangerous as a hot car. Make sure dog houses are in the shade and have proper ventilation.
- Make sure you use pet safe products in your yard. For example, azaleas, lilies and certain plant food can be fatal to pets.
- Keep grilling supplies out of your pets reach. Dogs love hanging out by the grill and they might mistake something like charcoal briquettes for food and become sick. Keep an eye on your grill and whats or who is around it.
- Never leave your pet alone in a parked car – even if its just for a few minutes. Cars can heat up quickly and can cause heatstroke and hyperthermia, which can result in death.