Monday, June 18, 2012

Summer safety tips for you and your pet

Summer starts this Wednesday, June 20 – so now is a good time to review some tips about pet care in hot weather. Banfield Pet Hospital provides the following advice on how to keep your pets safe during the warm summer months.

Summer Safety Tips:
  • Allow your pets free access to food and water at all times. 
  • Keep pets with thin coats and pink skin out of the direct sun as they can easily get sunburned. 
  • Protect your pets against pests and parasites, which can cause allergic reactions, household infestations, dermatitis, and heartworm disease. 
  • Avoid vigorous exercise on hot summer days – certain breeds such as English bulldogs and flat-faced dogs can overheat very easily. 
  • Use caution when your pet is around water – it’s best not to let your pet drink any outside water as giardia can cause diarrhea and cramping. 
  • Be careful when swimming as water buildup in the ears can cause ear infections. 
  • Never leave your pet in a parked car – heat stroke can be deadly and is entirely preventable. 
If you are traveling make sure you take Banfield’s toll-free number with you, which will direct you to the nearest hospital in case of emergency: 1-800-768-8858. For more information, visit


  1. Great advice, Vicki. I'd add that it's not only the heat that can be a problem for our dogs ... the humidity can makes things even worse. And, remember that the temperatures are higher near the ground where there is less breeze and heat is being reflected back up.

  2. Wonderful! They've been posting heat advisory signs all over at Wayside to warn peeps about the dangers of leaving a pet in the car. Great advice!