Summer Safety in New England

Summers in our area are a beautiful time of year to enjoy the outdoors and even take a trip to the ocean. Since pets are important parts of our families, it’s natural that we want them to enjoy this weather as much as we do. However, when it comes to the heat, dogs and cats typically have a lower tolerance. The only way they can expel heat is through panting, and high heat and humidity can make panting ineffective. Heat is not the only danger of summer, however, as severe weather, pests, and bodies of water all present their own hazards, too!

Heat Safety

Keeping your pet cool is a matter of observing their behavior and making sure they have a cool place to rest when they get too warm.

  • Limit your pet’s time outdoors when it is excessively hot, but don’t neglect regular exercise! Take your walks earlier in the morning or later in the evening to avoid the hottest times of day.
  • If your pet is outside in the heat for any length of time, make sure they have a cool patch of shade to lie down in, as well as plenty of cool drinking water. A sprinkler or kiddie pool full of water can also be a welcome cool down!
  • NEVER leave your pet in a parked car, even on a seemingly mild day. The heat can rise to dangerous levels in a manner of minutes. Do not take the risk. Take your pet out with you or leave them at home.
  • Pests are also at their prime in the warmer weather, so make sure your pet’s pest prevention is up to date. Mosquitoes, ticks, fleas, and many other nasty critters can cause a whole lot of trouble for your pet, so use prevention!

Water Safety

Dogs are typically pretty good swimmers, but just like us, they can get fatigued quickly. Keep an eye on your pet at all times when in and around the water! Additionally, barrel-chested breeds such as bulldogs are not built for swimming, so require extra caution. Consider getting a life jacket/vest for your pet as well to help them stay afloat. If at the ocean, do not let your pet get too far out as currents and riptides can be very strong. Afterwards, be sure to rinse your pet’s coat off as well! The salt water can be damaging if left for too long.

Severe Weather Safety

Typically, the worst weather we have to worry about is thunderstorms, although every once in a while, the remnants of a hurricane or tropical storm, or even tornadoes can cause severe weather. Whatever the case, your pet should be brought inside well before the storm hits. Pets are often more in sync with the weather patterns than us, and can become frightened, prompting them to bolt or hide. Make sure your pet always has proper identification on for these reasons! Additionally, after you bring your pet inside, they could still suffer from anxiety or noise aversion, so consider administering medication if needed to help them cope.

For any questions or concerns about any of our summer pet safety tips, please don’t hesitate to get in touch! We’re always happy to help!