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If you’ve been in Canada for most of this summer, you know that it has been a hot season so far! It’s a much-needed break from our cold winters, but it also means that there are certain safety precautions you should take to ensure the well-being of your pet.

Just as heat waves are uncomfortable for humans, animals experience the same discomfort. If you have ever lived somewhere without air conditioning, you know what we mean! Unfortunately, you can’t always control if you have working air conditioning, but here are four things you can control to keep your pet safe this summer:

Don’t Leave Animals in Cars

No matter how short you think your errand may be, please remember that cars heat up very quickly. You may see this reminder on the news fairly regularly in regards to small children, but of course we need to take care of our furry friends as well! Also, be aware that cracking a window does little to prevent a car from feeling like 50°C after only 20 minutes.

Take Early or Late Walks

Concrete, asphalt, and other types of pavement also retain a lot of heat. When the sun is highest in the sky, pavement has been known to reach 62°C or higher! To keep your dog’s paw pads safe from burning, we suggest only walking them early in the morning or late in the evening. If that is not possible, place the back of your hand on the ground before walking. If it is too hot for your hand, it is too hot for your dog.

Protect Against Parasites

If you own a dog or have an outdoor cat, parasites like roundworms, ticks, or fleas may come home with your pet. Although your pet can be vaccinated to ward off some parasites, you may still come into contact with parasites. Regularly check your pet for ticks and fleas, and try to prevent your pet from eating mice or other small animals that can carry roundworm.

Be Wary of Loud Noises

Summertime often brings with it thunderstorms and firework celebrations. If your pet is fearful of thunder or fireworks, ensure they are safe inside so they don’t run off scared. If you are creating your own firework display, it’s particularly important that your pet stays inside or at a safe distance so they don’t run towards it.

There are also many summer travel tips to consider if you are planning on taking your pet on vacation with you this season. For instance, keep in mind that short-nosed pets, like pugs or Persian cats, have a harder time breathing than most other animals, so they shouldn’t travel by plane if the temperature will exceed 24°C at any point during the trip.

For more information on how travelling during the summer months may affect your pet’s travel plans, contact us today!