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Keeping Your Pets Safe in the Summer: Tips from Wings and Paws Animal Rescue

As summer rolls in with its sunny days and warm temperatures, it’s essential to ensure that our furry friends stay safe and comfortable. At Wings and Paws Animal Rescue, we’re dedicated to the well-being of all animals, and we’ve put together some crucial tips to help you protect your pets from the various dangers summer can bring. 

A dog wearing a sunhat and sunglasses

Sun and Heat Dangers 

1. Avoid Overheating: 

Pets can overheat quickly, especially dogs and cats with thick fur or short snouts. To prevent heatstroke: 

  • Never leave your pet in a parked car: Even with windows cracked, the temperature inside can rise rapidly and become life-threatening. 

  • Provide plenty of water: Ensure your pet has access to fresh, cool water at all times. 

  • Limit exercise: Avoid vigorous activities during the hottest parts of the day. Opt for early morning or late evening walks when temperatures are cooler. 

2. Protect Those Paws: 

Hot pavement can burn your pet's paws. 

  • Test the surface: Place your hand on the pavement for seven seconds. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pet. 

  • Use booties: Consider protective booties if your pet will be walking on hot surfaces for extended periods. 

3. Watch for Signs of Heatstroke: 

Be vigilant for symptoms such as excessive panting, drooling, lethargy, and collapse. If you suspect heatstroke: 

  • Move your pet to a cooler area immediately. 

  • Provide cool (not cold) water for drinking. 

  • Wet towels can be used to cool them down. 

  • Contact your Vet immediately. 

Water Dangers 

1. Swimming Safety: 

While many pets love to swim, it’s important to ensure their safety: 

  • Supervise: Always keep an eye on your pet when they are in or near water. 

  • Life jackets: Use a pet life jacket for dogs that are not strong swimmers or in deep water. 

  • Rinse off: After swimming, rinse your pet with fresh water to remove chlorine or salt, which can irritate their skin. 

2. Avoid Stagnant Water: 

Standing water can harbour bacteria and parasites. 

  • Stick to clean, running water: When possible, let your pet swim in clean, moving bodies of water. 

  • Watch for blue-green algae: This toxic algae can be fatal if ingested by pets. Avoid water with visible algae blooms. 

A pug sitting in a paddling pool on a sunny day

Additional Summer Safety Tips 

1. Protect Against Pests: 

Summer is peak season for fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes. 

  • Regular treatments: Use vet-recommended flea, tick, and heartworm preventatives. 

  • Check your pet: After outdoor activities, inspect your pet for any pests. 

2. Keep Indoors Cool: 

Ensure your home stays comfortable during hot days. 

  • Air conditioning and fans: Utilise fans or air conditioning to maintain a cool indoor environment. 

  • Cool bedding: Provide your pet with cooling mats or damp towels to lie on. 

3. Safe Play Areas: 

Create a safe outdoor space for your pet. 

  • Shade: Ensure there are shaded areas where your pet can rest. 

  • Fencing: Secure your yard to prevent escapes and encounters with wildlife or other pets. 

A big dog wearing sunglasses and a bandana

Conclusion - Keep your Pets Safe this Summer!

By taking these precautions, you can help your pets enjoy a safe and happy summer. At Wings and Paws Animal Rescue, we’re committed to the health and happiness of all animals. If you have any concerns or need further advice on keeping your pets safe this summer, feel free to contact us, we also popped some additional advice on one of our earlier blogs. Let’s make this season enjoyable and hazard-free for our beloved pets! 

Stay cool, stay safe, and have a fantastic summer with your furry friends! 

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