As the weather warms up and summer approaches, we will be spending more time outside with our family, friends and pets! Many of us will be having cookouts and spending our days at the beach. Here are some helpful tips to keep your pet safe during these fun social gatherings.

  • Save outdoor time with your pet during the early morning or later in the day. Pets can easily succumb to heatstroke, especially pets who are older, overweight, or brachycephalic (has a flat-shaped face). Always provide plenty of cold water and shade. Avoid walking on pavement when the sun is in full force, as this can burn your pet’s paws.
  • Be mindful of food during barbeques. Corncobs, chicken bones and ribs are just a few common foods that can cause obstructions if ingested by your pet, which may require surgery. Keep food out of reach from your pet at all times and don’t forget to keep a tight lid on any trash cans.
  • Avoid bringing your dog for a day at the beach. While this may sound like a great idea, we recommend limiting your dog’s beach excursions to either early morning or late afternoon. It is too hot for your pet to endure an entire day at the beach, which can result in heat stroke. Dogs can ingest sand, come in contact fish hooks and drink saltwater, all of which can become very serious and require veterinary care.

As pet owners, we naturally want to involve our pets during social gatherings or day excursions. However, we must always place our pet’s safety first and foremost. Often times, this means keeping your pet at home in a cool and safe environment.