5 Summer Dangers for Pets

Summer brings its own set of challenges when it comes to taking care of our dogs. If we feel hot and miserable, so do our pups. If we need extra water and some shade, our dogs do, too. Yet unlike us, they can't speak up and tell us when they need help so we need to close pay attention to their needs.

The ASPCA created the helpful infographic below to help pet owners keep their animals safe during the hot summer months, along with a list of 5 summer dangers:

Fireworks & Thunderstorms: Loud noises like fireworks are one of the top reasons pets go missing, so secure your pet in an escape-proof place. If your pet does go missing, download the ASPCA app for a free step-by-step digital toolkit to help find your pet: www.ASPCAapp.org.

Sun & Heat: High summer temperatures can mean dehydration, overheating, and scorched paws. Know the signs of overheating (excessive panting, increased heart rate, and weakness) and bring your pup indoors or to a cool, shady place.

Toxic Chemicals: Insecticides, citronella products, and glow sticks are toxic to pets. Keep your pet away from areas where chemicals have been sprayed and ensure dangerous products are out of reach.

Parties & Barbecues: If your pet’s joining the party, make sure guests don’t feed your pet human food (especially grapes, onions, avocado, and chocolate).

Hot Cars: Even with the windows open an inch, a car’s temperature can reach over 100° in 10 minutes on an 85° day. Leave your pet safely at home.


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