The Humane Society for Seattle/King County has compiled a
list of pet safety tips to help ensure that our community’s companion animals
are protected from hazards unique to the summer months. Even when the sun’s not
out, summer brings hot weather and family vacations. Your dogs will be affected
by both so for a healthier, happier summer for you and your canine, we
encourage you to follow these tips:
Never leave your dog in a parked car, even if the windows are
open. In ten minutes or less the temperature inside the car can reach
dangerously high temperatures causing heat stroke, permanent brain damage or
It’s safer and kinder to leave your dog at home with
plenty of fresh, cool water and shade.
Signs of Heatstroke
An anxious or staring expression
A fast pulse rate and high body temperature
Immediately immerse your animal in cool (not icy) water or
pour cool water over him. You can also put an ice pack on your animal’s
head. Take your dog to your
veterinarian or the nearest animal emergency clinic for medical treatment.
Jog only during cooler hours
Dogs need exercise, but it is best if you take them in the
cooler early morning or evening hours. And keep in mind that the pavement gets
very hot and can burn your their paw pads.
Water...drinking and playing
Provide outside dogs with cool drinking water and access
to a fully shaded area. When away from home, carry water for your dog and give
him small amounts frequently.
Dogs may become less tolerant of excessive handling when they are hot, and parents should let
children know that their pet may not want to play.
Pets and pools
Do not allow your dog around a pool unless he is
supervised. Many dogs accidentally drown each year across the country.
Fleas & ticks
Check your dog regularly for fleas and ticks, which are
more common in hot weather. Use a flea/tick preventative recommended by your
Plant food, fertilizers and pesticides are more widely
used in summer. Use only pet-safe
products and keep your dogs on your property so they will not be exposed to
harmful products that neighbors have used.
Keep your veterinarian’s phone number handy so you can
call immediately if you suspect your dog or cat has ingested something
poisonous, or call the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Animal’s Poison Hotline at 888-426-4435.
There is a $45 per case charge and you should be prepared to provide
them with information about your pet’s breed, size, age and his symptoms.
Heartworm is a potentially deadly but preventable parasite
that is spread by mosquitoes. Check with your veterinarian to see if your dog
should be on a heartworm preventative.
Protect all your pets from the noise and flash of
fireworks. It frightens animals and many get lost each July 4. Bring your pets
inside and make sure they are wearing identification.
If you have
an extremely excitable animal, check with your veterinarian before the holiday
about tranquilizers. Human tranquilizers are dangerous for animals.
Street fairs and festivals
It is recommended that you enjoy the fair and leave your
dog safely at home, away from the crowds and noise.
Summer and all year long
Keep current identification on your pet. No one plans for
their dog or cat to become lost, but accidents do happen. Your pet’s ID tags or
microchip ID are the best way to ensure that your companion animal will be
safely returned to you.