Summer is here. Are you taking the proper precautions to keep your pets safe? Here are some tips to ensure that everyone—your four-legged friends included—enjoys a safe summertime.
Heat is dangerous for pets. Learn how to tell if your pet is too hot, and bring them inside if they need a break. Also, if walking your pet outdoors, test the temperature of the road or sidewalk. If you can’t put your hand on it for five seconds, it's too hot for your dog's footpads.
Pets need unrestricted access to water at all times, but especially during the hot weather. Keep it cool with ice or frozen meat broth, especially if you’re in a hot climate.
3. Summer Pests
Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes are a problem during the summer. Make sure your pet is using flea, tick and mosquito medications during the summer. Also, ask your vet about repellent that’s safe for pets when spending time outdoors.
7. Spay and Neuter
Summer is puppy and kitten season. Avoid adding to the unwanted pet population by having your pet spayed or neutered.
8. Nutritious Diet
The hot weather and outdoor activities require proper nutrition. Make sure your pet is getting the right type of food this time of year.
If your pet runs off when you’re on a walk, would those who find him be able to get him back to you? Have your pet tagged, and update your records to ensure you can get him back.
Pets can suffer from allergies just like people. If yours does, know his triggers—like pollen—and try to avoid them.
At Essex, we love our four-legged pals and welcome them to our community. We care about them as much as we care about our human residents, and we want you all to enjoy a happy, healthy summer.