It seems everybody loves summertime, but this season does come with a few extra hazards for our furry friends. That’s why today I want to talk about 5 summer dangers for pets and how you can help keep your 4-legged companions safe.
Check out this cool infographic from our friends at the ASPCA, and then we’ll chat some more below! Click directly ON the image to see a larger version!
This summer, play it safe and protect your pet from:
- Sun and heat – pets can become dehydrated quickly! Do you know the signs of an overheated pet? Educate yourself and always be aware of your pet’s behavior!
- Fireworks and thunderstorms – the United States will celebrate Independence Day later this week, and it’s important to note that more pets go missing on July 4th than any other day of the year! Many pets are terrified of loud noises like fireworks and the thunder that comes with a summer storm. Keep your babies in a quiet, secure area of the home so they can’t become scared and run off!
- Parties and barbecues – There are so many people foods that are harmful to pets, and many of them can be found at backyard parties and barbecues. Keep stuff like grapes, onions, avocado, and chocolate out of your pet’s reach, and be aware that pets can succumb quickly to alcohol poison if they drink liquor, beer, or wine.
- Hot cars – Last week we talked about the potentially deadly consequences of leaving your pet alone in a hot car. Even with the windows cracked, the temperature inside your car can soar to deadly heights in just 10 minutes. Why take the chance? Leave your pets at home if they cannot go inside with you! Take the ASPCA’s pledge to save lives this summer!
- Toxic chemicals – We use so many summertime products that are toxic to our pets. Bug spray, citronella candles, sunscreen, even those fun glow sticks that the kids like are all potentially deadly to your pet. Keep them out of your pet’s reach at all times!