Since the warm weather is finally here, we wanted to go over some tips on how to keep your pets cool and safe during the summer. Water and a place to keep cool are very important, however, there are also safety concerns that you should be aware of, too. Here is a great list of tips for both your feline and canine friends.

Make sure your pet always has access to cool and clean water.

If your pet is outside, make sure there is a cool, shady spot they can hang out.

A lot of pesticides and insecticide products are harmful to pets.

Some lawn care products are also harmful. (If you have any questions or concerns about which chemicals are especially harmful to pets, please call our office.)

Fireworks are harmful to your pet, even if they are unused due to the chemicals they are made from.

Avoid walking your pet during the hottest part of the day (which is usually in the afternoon).

Do not keep pets inside your car. The temperature can rise dramatically, even in a very short period of time.

Do not leave pets out in the sun for long periods of time – they get sunburn, too.

Fleas, ticks and mosquitoes are an increased concern for pets during the warmer months.

Be aware of the symptoms of heatstroke (increased panting, excessive drooling, labored breathing, lethargy).

Avoid long periods of time where your pet is standing on hot surfaces (asphalt/concrete) because the heat that it holds can burn their paws.

Do you have any summer tips that you would like to share? They can either be keeping your pet cool or safety tips for pets. Our readers will greatly appreciate any feedback or suggestions that you have; just post them here. Another tip to consider is to make sure your pet’s vaccinations are up to date. Our number is 410-465-6218 if you would like to discuss any concerns or schedule an appointment.