Summer Safety Tips for Pet Owners

The summer season is a great opportunity to spend time hanging out with your four-legged friends, especially if you’re the outdoorsy type. The high temperatures that come with summer can be potentially dangerous, though, so always be sure to remember how pets handle the heat differently and to plan ahead!

Staying Hydrated

While this one might be fairly obvious, that doesn’t make it any less important. You know the importance of drinking plenty of water when the temperature goes up, and the same is true of pets. Whether you’re home or away, be sure to provide your pets with plenty of water. You can bring a bowl along with you, or check out specialty options made specifically for giving your dog water on-the-go.

Bringing water along for dogs

Travel Appropriately

No matter how you’re traveling, keep your pet in mind. If you’re driving somewhere, never leave your pet in the vehicle unattended. Even if your pet has water or the air conditioning is on, the unexpected can lead to disaster and things can go wrong in the blink of an eye. If you need to stop, bring your pup inside with you or leave a human in the car to keep an eye on things.

Traveling with pets

Don’t Go Overboard

Hikes, runs, and walks are all great ways to spend time getting fit with Fido, but not when the temperature is extreme. If it’s too hot out, it’s best to limit exercise to short trips in the shade for your dog to do her business–save the hike for a cooler day.

Also, don’t forget how hot sidewalks and pavement can get in the sun. If it’s uncomfortable for you to press your back of the hand to the walkway for an extended period of time, it’s too hot for your dog to be out walking on it.

Watch the Humidity

Lastly, don’t forget that your dog handles heat differently than you do. While dogs do sweat a bit (mostly through their paws), panting is a big part of how they cool down. When it’s humid, panting is less effective. Be sure to keep an eye on your dog’s temperature on hot and humid days, and don’t hesitate to visit the vet if you suspect your pet may be overheating or suffering from heatstroke. It’s always better to be safe than sorry in these situations!

For more information on how to make the most of your summer with your pets, or if you’re after a new vehicle for all of your adventures together, be sure to contact Subaru of Morristown online or to call us directly at (866) 910-3466 today.

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