Protecting Your Pets in the Summer Heat

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WARM WEATHER IS setting in. After months of chilly days, we are now in for some sunshine and summer fun. As you prepare for vacations and fun in the sun, it is important to keep pets healthy with warm weather preparations. Pets rely on you to keep them safe, especially from preventable injuries and sickness. No pet should suffer from exposure to extreme weather, and extreme heat can be just as deadly as freezing cold. Keep summer safe for pets by protecting them from the heat.

Summer is a fun time to spend outdoors. Dogs and cats want to explore just as much as you do, but they depend on their owners to keep their days safe. In extremely hot temperatures, limit your pet’s time outside. If you do let your dog or cat stay outside for an extended period of time, you must provide shelter and water sources. Shade from the sun and clean water are absolutely vital to keep pets safe in the heat. Most importantly, never leave your pet trapped in a hot car. Pets can suffocate or die of a heat stroke very quickly. In addition, stay on top of your dog’s heartworm, flea and tick medication. Heartworms are spread by mosquitoes which are especially bad over the summer. Fleas and ticks are not only painful but can spread deadly diseases.

Protect your pet from heat dangers to keep your furry family members happy and healthy all summer long. Be sure to update your pets’ medicine and keep up-to-date on vaccinations before traveling. For more information, contact the Northshore Humane Society at 985-892-7387 or visit northshorehumane.org.



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