My name is Poomba. I'm a reitred firefighter, and I'm in charge of safety at our office. Here are some of my best tips for enjoying the summer with pets.
Warmer weather means more time outside for humans and pets. To make sure everyone has fun, please consider these Poomba-approved summer safety tips.
- Make sure pets have plenty of water and shade if outside for more than an hour. Excessive drooling can mean dehydration. If possible, avoid time in the hottest parts of the day, from 10am-3pm. Sunbathing indoors might also increase the risk of overheating and dehydration.
- If your pet is going to be outside for hours, apply pet-approved sunscreen. Reapply every 3-4 hours.
- Don’t shave your pet. This makes them vulnerable to sunburn. Their natural coat growth will help keep them cool.
- For walks on hot concrete and asphalt, dress your pet in some sort of foot protector. This can be socks, shoes, or pad guards. Always check the heat of the pavement before taking your pet on a walk.