Summer Safety Series – Basic Tips

TARA Rescue - Pet Summer Safety Tips Here in North Carolina the hot weather is right around the corner. It’s time to start thinking about how to keep our furred friends safe and comfortable through the dog days of summer.

  • Keep your dogs inside in the air conditioning.
    • This is especially important for short muzzled dogs like English Bulldogs, Boxers, and Pugs who have greater difficulty breathing in hot, humid weather.
    • Tiled rooms are better for helping a dog like a Newfoundland cool down than carpet
    • Huskies will lay on floor vents to soak up the cool air – Try leaving a floor fan on for your furry friend

Did you know?

Dogs cool themselves through their paws and by panting; cats cool themselves through their paws and by additional grooming.

  • TARA Rescue - Pet Summer Safety TipsIf your pet must stay outside for some time ensure that there is enough fresh water to last until you return.
    • Water should be kept in the shade
    • Make sure your pet has shade too!
    • While some dogs like baby pools to lounge in, ensure your pet cannot get into a pool with water too deep to stand in
    • You may see a rise in hole digging – some dogs use holes they dig to keep cool
    • Sidewalks and asphalt is HOT! Keep your pet on the grass as much as possible and limit walks to early morning or late evening to keep their paws safe
  • TARA Rescue - Pet Summer Safety TipsLong haired or shaggy pets should see a groomer for expert advice on how to beat the heat
    • Some breeds naturally shed their winter coats – groomers often have a deshedding service that will help with this ‘blow out’
  • Summer means mosquitos – and heartworms! Make sure your pet is protected!
  • TARA Rescue - Pet Summer Safety TipsDo not leave your pet in a parked car – even in the shade – even with the windows open
    • If you are travelling with your pet, bring extra water and a bowl for your pet
    • Have an extra key made and leave the car running with the air conditioning on if you must leave your pet in the car
    • Police, animal control officers, and fire fighters, have the authority to break vehicle windows (or other “reasonable means”) to gain access to an animal they believe to be in danger.
      • In order to protect the health and safety of an animal, any animal control officer, animal cruelty investigator appointed under G.S. 19A-45, law enforcement officer, firefighter, or rescue squad worker, who has probable cause to believe that an animal is confined in a motor vehicle under conditions that are likely to cause suffering, injury, or death to the animal due to heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, or under other endangering conditions, may enter the motor vehicle by any reasonable means under the circumstances after making a reasonable effort to locate the owner or other person responsible for the animal. (§ 14-363.3. 29 July 2013)

Stay tuned for more summer safety tips!

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