More Summer Tips For Your Pets
Adult Beverages and Food. Some food and drinks offered at barbeques and summer parties may be poisonous to your pet. Obviously, alcohol can lead to your pet being intoxicated, but long-term effects include depression and comas. Snacks we enjoy may give your dog or cat severe digestive ailments. Be sure they avoid eating raisins, grapes, onions, chocolate, and products with the sweetener xylitol. Read more in our blog post Backyard Pet Safety this BBQ Season »
Water Safety. Unsupervised pets near a pool could prove fatal. Not all dogs and cats are good swimmers. Introduce your pets to water gradually. Make sure your pets wear flotation devices when on a boat. Rinse your pets off after swimming to remove chlorine and salt. Keep them from drinking pool water as the chlorine and other chemicals can cause upset stomachs.
Keep out of reach. While on the subject of chlorine it is important to keep lawn and garden insecticides, rodenticides, and flea and tick products out of reach. Also, know your walking and running areas, as some folks spread calcium on dirt roads to keep the dust down. Calcium is not good for animal paws.
Never use fireworks around pets. Pets are naturally curious and fireworks can cause severe burns and trauma. Fireworks are made up of toxic substances like potassium nitrate, copper, chlorates, arsenic, and other heavy metals. Be sure to keep unused fireworks out of reach of children and pets.
Paws are sensitive. Be careful as temperatures rise. Do not walk your pet on hot asphalt as it can burn your pet’s paws.