Simple, Straightforward Strategies for Summer Pet Safety
Whether it’s snoozing on a shady porch, swinging in the hammock, or, sadly (for us), digging in the garden, pets enjoy being outside as much as their people do. After all, they love to smell the smells, watch the birds and butterflies, and generally bask in the sunshine, too.
In the midst of this seasonal revelry, though, there is room for various misgivings. Travel, fireworks, thunderstorms, extra traffic, parties, and even basic backyard fun all present potential threats to summer pet safety; but not if we have anything to do with it!
Baby, Come Back!
First and foremost, we recommend having your pet microchipped before any summer outing, family vacations, or parties commence.
While a pet’s collar and ID tags are essential to their safety, a pet microchip adds the ultimate layer of defense in case their collar comes off or is removed. Be sure to double-check that your information is registered and up-to-date with the microchipping company (if you’re unsure, bring your pet in for a quick scan and we can let you know who the chip is through), or the chip is rendered useless.
Because animals react with a flight or flight reflex, the Fourth of July is one of the most common holidays for pets to go missing. However, summer presents all sorts of opportunities for an escape-artist pet.
While your pet’s tags and microchip are the ultimate layer of security when it comes to being reunited, also consider the following proactive tips, too :
- Shore up any loose boards or spots in your fence where your pet could slip out
- Be sure you and your pet are solid in their immediate recall abilities
- Make sure your neighbors know your pets and will take them in and contact your if they see them running loose
- If you are traveling (near or far), bring your pet’s crate and gear so they have a comforting home base
- Know where your pet might go, should he or she escape
Some owners know their pets have certain triggers that cause stress, fear and anxiety. These pets should be brought inside the house as soon as a threat is known (like lightning, firecrackers, other dogs, etc.). Keep your pet company in a quiet, sealed room with loads of distractions and creature comforts. Remember, stressed pets are thirsty ones! Always encourage them to drink plenty of fresh, cool water that’s replenished throughout the day.
Summer Pet Safety 101
A few other things that can really place summer pet safety at risk include:
- Heat stroke (remember, never leave your pet in a parked vehicle. Ever.)
- Walking pets on hot concrete (you don’t want to burn those paw pads!)
- Walking, exercising, or leaving your pet outdoors during the heat of the day – this is particularly important for pets with dark fur)
- Poisonous foods or beverages
- Choking hazards, such as BBQ skewers, corn on the cob, etc.
- Toxic plants or flowers
- Parasites, such as fleas, ticks and heartworm-carrying mosquitoes
- Contagious and zoonotic diseases
- Water-related injuries (never force your pet into the water, provide doggy life jacket, and never let your pet play in water unsupervised)
Be sure that your pet always has access to shade, cool water and lots of rest breaks when out and about. This is true for all pets, but take extra care if your pet is a puppy (or kitten), a senior pet, or a pet with a special medical condition.
We Are Here for You!
Summer is supposed to be enjoyed by all, but if summer pet safety measures aren’t closely observed animals can be in real danger. Of course, accidents happen to everybody, and if we can assist you with any questions, we’re always here for you at Embrace Veterinary Care.