Summer Health Dangers

How to Protect Your Pets.

Summer is a fun time of year but it also brings rising heat and humidity, even here in San Diego where our weather seems so perfect. We share tips to keep your pets safe and keep them cool this summer.

Apply Sunscreen - Pets with light skin or thin coat are prone to sunburn or skin cancer. Make sure the sunscreen is fragrance free, non-staining, and contains UVA and UVB barriers.

Hydrate and Shade - Make sure your pet has protection from the sun and that you carry water. Summer brings strong sun so make sure they have ample shade.

Do not rely of fans - Pets respond differently to heat than humans do. (Dogs, for instance, sweat primarily through their paw pads.) So, fans do not cool off pets as effectively as they do humans!

Do not leave pets in car - In bright sunshine, your car acts like an oven and in a matter of minutes your car can heat up to over 100 degrees. Remember to do not leave your pet in the car. If you see a pet in a car, immediately call 911!

Proper Grooming - Dogs coats help to block the sun so there are no real benefits from being completely shaved down. Instead make sure to increase baths to ensure your dog's coat stays smooth, helps reduce parasites and makes sure you don’t end up with a stinky dog!

Walk your dog in cooler hours - Make sure to stroll on grass or dirt instead of pavement. Walk them in the early morning or late in afternoon, not in the middle of the day when the sun is strongest. Watch for heavy panting, lethargy or strange behaviors- you do not want to have a dehydrated pet!

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