Get Ready for Summer
Summertime can be full of adventures and wonderful memories for you and your pet, as long as you plan properly. Our top tips to help keep your pet safe include:
- Avoid the sun if possible between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. If you do go out, make sure to consider how hot the ground is for their paws and take precautions.
- Use pet-friendly sunscreen when spending time outdoors.
- Make pets they always have access to cool water.
- Never leave them in the car unattended, even with the windows cracked open.
- Always keep an eye on them when they are swimming and have them wear life jackets in open water.
- To enjoy the sunshine and breeze, many cats spend time in windows. Make sure your screen does not pop out easily and close windows before doing something that is known to startle them like vacuuming.
- Protect them against fleas and other pests but do not use harmful products such as DEET or permethrin on them or around the household.
- Keep your pets indoors when using dangerous equipment such as lawn mowers or chemicals like antifreeze.
- Schedule a vet visit before any travel to make sure they are up-to-date and in good health.
- Wherever your destination, check the pet policies for where you’ll be staying or visiting.
- Make sure you know what types of local plants are dangerous for your pet and keep an eye out for them.
- Pack your pet’s favorite toys, preferred food, bedding and medical documentation.
Now your pet is ready to have the best summer possible whether you spend it exploring local spots or take to the open road.