Top 10 Ways to Keep Your Pet Safe & Healthy This Summer

July 7th 2015

Summer is here. Are you taking the proper precautions to keep your pets safe? Here are some tips to ensure that everyone—your four-legged friends included—enjoys a safe summertime.

1. Heat

Heat is dangerous for pets. Learn how to tell if your pet is too hot, and bring them inside if they need a break. Also, if walking your pet outdoors, test the temperature of the road or sidewalk. If you can’t put your hand on it for five seconds, it's too hot for your dog's footpads.

2. Dehydration

Pets need unrestricted access to water at all times, but especially during the hot weather. Keep it cool with ice or frozen meat broth, especially if you’re in a hot climate.

3. Summer Pests

Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes are a problem during the summer. Make sure your pet is using flea, tick and mosquito medications during the summer. Also, ask your vet about repellent that’s safe for pets when spending time outdoors.

4. Vaccinations

During the summer, it's crucial that your pets are up-to-date on vaccinations. Summer provides more opportunities to be around people and other animals that your pet can spread disease to, or who can spread diseases to your pet.

5. Road Trips

If you’re going on the road with your pet, be careful about leaving your pet in the car while you go in to a restaurant or attraction. Even a mild, 70 degree day can cause temperatures inside the car to exceed 100 degrees, which is unsafe for a pet for any period of time.

6. Grooming

If your pet has a long or thick coat, consider a summer cut. This will keep your pet comfortable and cool during the hottest months of the year. Talk to your groomer about the best cut for your type of pet.

7. Spay and Neuter

Summer is puppy and kitten season. Avoid adding to the unwanted pet population by having your pet spayed or neutered.

8. Nutritious Diet

The hot weather and outdoor activities require proper nutrition. Make sure your pet is getting the right type of food this time of year.

9. Identification

If your pet runs off when you’re on a walk, would those who find him be able to get him back to you? Have your pet tagged, and update your records to ensure you can get him back.

10. Allergies

Pets can suffer from allergies just like people. If yours does, know his triggers—like pollen—and try to avoid them.

At Essex, we love our four-legged pals and welcome them to our community. We care about them as much as we care about our human residents, and we want you all to enjoy a happy, healthy summer.