Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe During Summer


Never leave your pet in the car

During summertime, the inside of your car can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes, even if you’re parked in the shade. We cannot emphasize enough that this can mean real trouble for your pets.

If you see a pet alone in a car during hot weather, alert the management of the building where the car is parked.


Don’t put your pet in the back of a truck

Dogs should ride either in the cab (inside a crate or wearing a seat belt harness designed for dogs) or in a secured crate in the bed of the truck.

Watch out for fertilizers and deadly plants

Plant food, fertilizer and insecticides can be fatal if your pet ingests them. More than 700 plants can produce physiologically active or toxic substances in sufficient amounts to cause harmful effects in animals.


Provide plenty of fresh water

To avoid pet heat exhaustion, make sure your pets have access to cool, fresh water all day long.

Stay bite-free

With people and dogs spending more time outside, dog bites are likely to happen in the warmer months. Spaying or neutering your dog reduces the likelihood that he will bite and provides many other health benefits.

Keep your pets safe and healthy year-round

Make sure your pet is always wearing a collar and identification tag. If you are separated from your pet, an ID tag may very well be his or her ticket home.

Check with your veterinarian to see if your pets should be taking heartworm prevention medication. Heartworm disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, can be fatal in both dogs and cats. Another warm weather threat is fleas and ticks. Use only flea and tick treatments recommended by your veterinarian. Some over-the-counter flea and tick products can be toxic, even when used according to instructions.


Download the Pet First Aid App

The American Red Cross Pet First Aid app puts veterinary advice for everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand. Get the app and be prepared to act when called upon. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice, it’s never been easier to know Pet First Aid.

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Pet First Aid – Red Cross

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