Pet Summer Safety Tips

Posted: Monday, May 29, 2017

SUMMER…..a time for lazy days, ice cream, giggles,  hot dogs, burgers, flip-flops, and naps in the shade.  It is also a time for ADVENTURE!  The perfect combination of gorgeous weather and longer days makes this the season for exploration and trying new things.  However, it can be tricky to think up activities that include our furrier family members! Well, the Clifton Health Department is here to inject your summer with some pet- friendly fun and ways to keep our furrier family members safe all summer long. 

Summer is calling and your pets hear it, too.  Below are some tips for pet-friendly

fun this summer:

           - Go to the beach with your dog and enjoy the sand and sun

           - Take your pet to make new friends in the park

           - Go on vacation with your pet to somewhere new

           - Play frisbee in the park and give your dog some exercise

           - Explore the great outdoors

           - Go fishing with your dog

           - Play in the sprinklers with your dog

                                           

PET-FRIENDLY SUMMER SAFETY TIPS

Never, ever leave your dog in the car; when it is only 80 degrees outside, a car can heat up to over 120 degrees (Humane Society www.hssv.org)

- Make sure your dog has unlimited access to fresh water.  Store a travel water bowl in your car.

- Make sure your dog has access to shade when outside

- When walking, try to stay off of hot surfaces (like asphalt) because it can burn your dog’s paws

- Keep your dog free of external parasites (fleas, ticks) and heartworms - Consult your veterinarian about the best products for your pet

- Consider clipping or shaving dogs with long coats (speak to your veterinarian first to see if it’s appropriate for your pet) and apply sunscreen to your dog’s skin if she or he has a thin coat.  Dogs can get sunburn, even though they have fur. Lighter haired pets can suffer sunburn more than darker pets.  Always consult with your veterinarian first.

- Lawn and garden insecticides can he harmful to cats and dogs if ingested, so keep them out of  reach.  Keep citronella, oil products and insect coils out of pets’ reach as well.  Call your veterinarian or the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 if you suspect your animal as ingested a poisonous substance. 

Have a Safe and Happy Summer! 

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The Clifton Health Department is a contractual health agency serving the Township of Little Falls.

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