Summer Safety Tips from Chicago Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Center
Here a few hightlighst:
- Asphalt: Minimize your pet’s time on asphalt. It heats up quickly, burns paws and causes overheating.
- Beaches, Boats & Pools: Not all dogs are good swimmers. When on or near water, keep your dog in a
flotation device designed for it.
- Bug Spray and Sun Screen: Do not use human products on pets.
- Cars: Never leave your pet unattended in a car, even for short periods of time. Cars heat up quickly and pets
can suffer from heatstroke.
- Dehydration: Pets can quickly become dehydrated. If your pet is kept outdoors for part of the day, be certain
it always has shade and fresh water.
- Exercise: Your pet needs spring training!
- Fireworks: Loud noises can be terrifying to pets. Keep your pet inside and secure in a comfortable place,
away from windows and doors during summer celebrations. Mask the sound with music or television.
- Parasites: Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes carry disease that can be harmful or even fatal to your pet. Work
with your primary care veterinarian to develop a program to protect your pet.
- Travel: When traveling in an automobile, keep your pet securely inside the vehicle by placing your pet in a crate
or using a specially designed seat belt harness. Be sure your pet is microchipped so your pet can quickly be
reunited with you should it become lost. (Here’s info on pets anxious or who get sick when traveling)
- Windows, balconies & decks: Each summer, dozens of pets fall or jump from windows, balconies
and decks. The injuries can be extensive and sometimes the pet cannot be saved.