Summer Pet Safety Tips to Know

a dog in a field in summer

Keep your pets safe and cool when summer arrives. 

Summer is here and many of us are enjoying the warmer weather. However, when the temperatures start to rise, it’s important to remember that warm weather can be dangerous for your pets. It’s hard to keep pets cool when the sun is beating down, and that’s because animals don’t sweat like people do. To help protect your pet from unwanted summer illness, take a look at these safety tips.

Never ever leave them in hot cars. Without a doubt, the single biggest killer of pets in summer is from them spending too long in a hot car. All it takes is a few minutes for the inside of a parked car to heat up like an oven on a warm day. If you are traveling with your pet, take him or her with you when you leave the vehicle. Never leave your pet for any length of time in a car alone even if the windows are down and you are parked in the shade.

Keep them cool. Ideally, keep your pets inside in a cool house during the hottest part of the day. Walk your dog in the early morning or late evening when the temperatures have fallen. Provide plenty of shade and water to allow them to cool down.

Stay safe at barbeques. Backyard barbecues are a lot of fun for us all, but the food and drinks offered can be bad for pets. Keep your pets away from beverages and food, especially grapes, onions, and chocolate.

Be aware of fertilizers. You may think that sprucing up your garden in the summer is a great idea. Keep in mind that many fertilizers, insecticides, and pesticides are poisonous to animals and could make them very ill if they eat them. Store fertilizer somewhere out of reach of pets.

We hope that you and your child have a fun summer! Talk to the team at Gee-Schussler Insurance Agency for information on how to secure the right insurance policies that protect you throughout summer and beyond.