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  • Writer's pictureAmanda Richardson

Summer Pet Safety Tips: Keeping your pets safe in June and beyond.

As the temperatures rise and the sun shines brighter, it's essential to ensure our furry friends stay cool and comfortable during the scorching summer months. June marks the onset of summer, bringing along its unique set of challenges for pet owners. To help you navigate through the season with ease, we've compiled a comprehensive guide on summer pet safety tips to keep your pets happy and healthy.

Summer Pet Safety Tips to keep your pets cool and safe this June and beyond.

1. Hydration is Key 

Nibbles & Yips reminds you to keep your pets hydrated by giving them frequent access to room temperature water like we are doing here with our lab mix pup, straight from a water bottle.

One of the most crucial aspects of pet care in summer is ensuring adequate hydration. Just like us, pets need plenty of water to stay hydrated, especially during hot weather. Make sure to keep their water bowls filled with fresh, clean water at all times. Consider placing multiple water bowls around your home and backyard, so your pets have easy access wherever they roam.

At Nibbles & Yips, we ensure that you pet has the opportunity to drink water before, during, and after their walk. We are very diligent not to allow pets to drink water from questionable sources (like water running down the side of the street) and to ensure they have room temperature water to drink. Drinking water from questionable sources can lead in accidental poisoning or make your pet ill. Drinking water that is too cold can actually cause your pet's capillaries to close and make them hold on to their body heat longer.

2. Protect Against Heatstroke 

This pug is lying on his belly on the concrete in an attempt to cool down. Nibbles & Yips in Thornton, Colorado reminds you to watch out for the signs of heatstroke in your animals this summer.

Heatstroke is a serious risk for pets during the summer months, particularly for breeds with thick fur or short noses. Watch out for signs of heat exhaustion such as excessive panting, lethargy, and drooling. Provide ample shade in your yard and never leave your pet in a parked car, even for a short period. If you suspect heatstroke, move your pet to a cooler area immediately and contact your veterinarian.

Nibbles & Yips' professional pet care providers are all Pet First Aid certified and know the signs of heatstroke. You can trust us to keep a watchful eye on your pet and take quick action to avoid this scary scenario.

3. Mindful Exercise

Avoiding strenuous midday exercise is good advice for pets and people. Nibbles & Yips offers off peak walking times for your pets comfort and your convenience.

While regular exercise is crucial for your pet's health, it's essential to be mindful of the timing during hot summer days. Avoid strenuous activities during the peak heat hours and opt for early morning or late evening walks when the temperatures are cooler. Check the pavement temperature with your hand before taking your pet for a walk to prevent paw burns.

At Nibbles & Yips it is our policy to tailor your pets exercise to their individual needs. This means that we will observe your pet and make sure they are getting what they need. If they show signs of stress due to weather, we will take them home and finish the visit indoors.

4. Flea and Tick Prevention 

This black cat is reminding you to ask your vet about flea and tick protection this summer!

Summer brings an increase in flea and tick activity, posing a threat to your pet's health. Protect them with vet-approved flea and tick prevention treatments. Regularly check your pet for any signs of infestation, such as excessive scratching or visible pests. Keep your yard tidy by mowing the lawn and removing any debris where these parasites may thrive.

Summer Pet Safety Tip Wrap-up

With these summer safety tips in mind, you can ensure your beloved pets enjoy the season to the fullest while staying safe and healthy. By prioritizing hydration, preventing heatstroke, mindful exercise, and parasite protection, you'll set the foundation for a summer filled with joyous moments with your furry companions. Stay vigilant, stay prepared, and make this June a memorable one for you and your pets.



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