Veterinarians are warning Florida pet owners to take extra precautions in the oppressive heat we are experiencing. Southwest Floridians have been under several heat advisories and the summer isn’t near over.. Keeping cool might be instinctive for you. But don’t forget the animals. Here are five tips to keep your pet safe in the dangerous summer heat.
Pet-sitting company TrustedHousesitters worked with veterinarians to create a checklist to help. It’s not just in regards to the heat. In addition, vets say summer brings seasonal spikes in illnesses, pesticides, toxic plants, insects, lost pets, and more.
Tips To Keep Your Pet Safe
Before we get to the list, here are a few house keeping chores. First, brush your pet and free it from any excessive hair. Cats too. This might seem like a no-brainer, however, it is worth a reminder.
You might think a trip to the beach, river or lake offers your dog a great way to cool down in the heat. But if your dog isn’t used to the water, use caution. Some swimming spots can be risky if your pet becomes tired or overestimates its ability. Consider investing in a dog life vest. They are worn like a harness and have grab handles. In addition, there are reflective strips.
Finally, keeping pets hydrated is an absolute must. Besides water, veterinarian Dr Lily Richards has a few ideas. “Consider cooling mats and additional fans for cats and dogs.” She adds, “Don’t forget our small furries, rabbits and guinea pigs, who can be kept cool with a bottle of iced water to lay down next to.”
Recent reports from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration anticipate Florida reaching above-average temperatures from June to August. We are right in the middle of it. Take care of yourselves as well as your animal friends this summer.
Here is a checklist, five tips to keep your pet safe in the dangerous summer heat.