Don’t Put Your Pet in Danger! 9 Important Summer Safety Tips

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Barbecues, boating, and hot weather are some of our favorite things about summer, but for our pets, they can be life-threatening.

This year, whether you’re hitting the beach or just the backyard, make sure you’re keeping your pet’s safety in mind. Here are 9 important summer safety reminders for every pet owner.

9. Don’t share your snacks.

Barbecuing is one of the biggest perks of warm weather, but remember that the food you eat may be poisonous to pets. Raisins, grapes, onions, avocados, and chocolate are common barbecue fare that are toxic to animals. Remind well-meaning guests not to sneak pets any table scraps.

Dog with raw food.

8. Keep alcohol out of reach.

It may seem obvious, but alcohol is extremely dangerous to dogs. Even small amounts can cause them to become dangerously intoxicated, go into a coma, or even die from respiratory failure. This includes beer.

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7. Stay in the shade.

Pets are quick to dehydrate. If you’re spending time outside, be sure to carry plenty of fresh water and stay near a shady retreat. Keep in mind that animals with flat faces (like pugs and Persian cats) are more susceptible to heat stroke since they can’t pant as effectively.

Dogs lying down in the shade.

6. Secure the I.D.s.

Time spent outdoors comes with increased stimulation and stress for your pet. Increased stress means increased risk of bolting or escaping. If you haven’t already, make sure your pet is fitted with a microchip or ID tag with identifying information, including your phone number.

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5. Prevent unsupervised swimming.

Not all dogs are swimmers! Never leave your pet unsupervised around a pool or lake. Introduce them to water gradually and, if they haven’t swum before, fit them with a flotation device while on a boat.

Dog struggles to swim in pool.

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