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Summer Safety Tips for Pets

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Avoiding Heat Stroke, Dehydration in Dogs, Cats

"It’s summertime and the living is easy," or so goes the Sam Cooke song. Summertime means fun, sun, and hopefully lots of play outdoors. But as much fun as summer can be for you and your pet, there are a few safety tips that will hopefully make the warmest of all seasons safe and carefree for all concerned.

Apply Sunscreen

That’s right, you should apply sunscreen on your if he or she spends more than just a few minutes outside everyday in the hot summer sun. Pets with light skin and short or thin hair coat are particularly prone to sunburn or skin cancer. The sunscreen should be fragrance free, non-staining, and contain UVA and UVB barriers similar to sunscreens made for humans. Consult your veterinarian, but there are some sunscreens available made specifically for pets.

Provide Plenty of Water, Plenty of Shade

Dehydration in dogs and cats is a real possibility during the summer, especially if your pet is the type to run and play outside for extended periods without drinking sufficient water. Telltale signs of dehydration include dry gums, loss of skin elasticity, excessive drooling. Don't let it come to this. Give your active pet plenty of playtime breaks in the shade with access to fresh water.

Don't Leave 'Fluffy' in the Car

You may think leaving your pet in a car for a few minutes is no big deal, but it can quickly lead to heat stroke in dogs and cats. In bright sunshine, your car acts like an oven, becoming much hotter inside than the outside air even. In fact, on a sunny 70 degree day, your car can heat up to over 100 degrees within minutes. So, either take your pet with you or leave him or her at home during shopping trips.

Watch for Unknown Grassy Knolls

Pets love to run, play and just investigate grassy areas. But did you know many lawns are treated with fertilizers and pesticides during the summer? Keep your pet safe this summer by keeping them off unknown grassy areas or find a safe spot in your neighborhood or city, like a dog park. Remember, not all grass is created equal.

Avoid Antifreeze

Even though antifreeze is something to watch out for year round, cars tend to overheat more and leak antifreeze during the summer. Pets find it delicious and even in very small amounts antifreeze is poisonous to dogs and cats. So be attentive when walking your dog around the neighborhood or letting your outdoor cat roam the streets.

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  • Registering pets with you
    06/04/2012 09:34am

    I have been trying to register my 4 dogs on the page on your site but you won't let me unless I give the year and month of birth. 2 of mine are rescue dogs whose age and birthdates are unknown.

  • 06/04/2012 04:25pm

    We're sorry you're having trouble with the registrations process. We had the same problem when we were registering our own rescue pets on the site. We knew about what years they were born, so we just put in the years and picked some favorite or random numbers for birth dates. Since nothing we do on the site focuses on the exact age of our members’ pets, our suggestion is to go ahead and have fun with it.

    Maybe you could even bunch all of your pets' birthdays together in the same month and then plan that month for a big potluck dog party with all of your dog friends (and their people) invited. :)

  • 05/27/2014 01:02pm

    just use your imagination....

 
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