It's finally summer, and that means longer days and plenty of time to get out and enjoy the sunshine with your furry friend.
But, before you head out on those long walks, make sure you're prepared with these tips to keep your pet safe during the warm weather. From keeping them hydrated to watching out for hot pavement, follow these simple tips to ensure a safe and fun summer season for both you and your pet!
Make sure your pet is wearing a collar with ID tags in case they get lost—you don’t want to be worrying about losing your pet while you’re trying to enjoy the sun!
Carry water and a bowl for your pet to drink from, especially if you’re going on a long walk. Try to walk near a water source like a stream or creek so they can get in and cool off during your walk. If they don’t want to get in very far, splashing water on their bellies and “armpits” will help them not overheat!
Bring a small first-aid kit in case of emergencies.
Always keep your pet on a leash in parking lots and on sidewalks. Only let them off-leash in designated off-leash areas and hiking trails.
If it’s hot outside, avoid walking your pet during the hottest hours of the day. Dogs will get tired much faster in the heat, so you may also want to shorten your walks.
Protect your pet's paws from hot pavement and sidewalks. Their little paws can burn and blister if exposed to too much direct heat, so walk on grass as much as possible!
Summertime is a great time to get out and enjoy the weather, but it’s also important to remember to take precautions when walking your pets. Make sure they have plenty of water to drink, keep them on a leash, and avoid hot sidewalks and pavement.
With a little preparation, you and your furry friend can enjoy the summer sun safely!