Memorial Day marked the beginning of summer which means we should be in for high temperatures and a lot of sun. Our pets are not much different from us when it comes to wanting to remain cool during the dog days of summer. The Baltimore Sun
has a few tips to keep them safe this season.
The most important tip is to never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle on hot days. There are countless stories every summer about pets being left in cars for several hours. Cracking the window open is not enough of a precaution.
Try to schedule your dog's walks early in the morning or later in the evening when it is much cooler. Sidewalks heat during midday, and it can burn their paws.
Keep an eye on your canines when you let them out in the backyard in a chain or tether. Leaving them out in the sun and heat for too long can lead to stroke and dehydration.
Check in with your vet to make sure they are up to date with all of their shots and vaccinations. Summer is high season for ticks, mosquitoes and fleas.
The Humane Society of the United States has many more tips for pet owners on keeping their pets in good health during the summer months.