Summer Care Tips For Your Pets

Summer Care Tips for you and your pets!

Summer is a time for both you and your pet to enjoy the sunshine and outdoors, but along with the fun , the season also offers up situations that can endanger your pet.

The Humane Society of the U. S. offers these tips to keep your furry friends safe this summer.

Never Leave Your Pet in the Car

In nice weather you may be tempted to take your pet with you in the car while you travel or do errands. But during warm weather, the inside of your car can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes, even if your parked in the shade.

Pets who are left in hot cars even briefly can suffer from heat exhaustion, heat stroke, brain damage and can even die.

To avoid any chance that your pet will succumb to the heat of a car this summer, leave your pet home.

If you happen to see a pet in a car alone during the hot summer months, alert the management of the store where the car is parked. If the owner does not return promptly, call the local animal control officer or the police immediately.

Don't Put your Pet in the Back of a Truck.

Watch out for fertilizers and deadly plants.

Spaying and Neutering your pets will reduce the likelihood that they will bite and decrease the chances of unwanted litters.

Make sure that your pet is always wearing a collar with tags and ID.

Provide plenty of fresh water and shade for your pets while they enjoy the outdoors.

Remember older dogs, short nosed dogs and those with thick coats can't tolerate as much exercise on hot days, so limit their time to early morning and evening hours.

Play it safe on the Fourth of July - Leave your pets home.

Have a safe and fun summer!

Jean Taylor, Animal Control Officer 207-299-3251