Pet owners should take extra care and think twice during our summer months for their petâ€™s safety.
Companion animals are very sensitive to weather changes including hot temperatures and thunderstorms.
Pets should not be left in a car unattended. Sun direction can change quickly creating a dangerous situation. Shade and open windows do not prevent a car from heating up and becoming life threatening, which can happen in minutes.
Allowing a dog to put its head out a car window is another health hazard for your dog. Flying objects, collisions with stationary objects, vehicles, pollen and dust are a few example of the health risk. Not to mention stopping short, the dog falling or jumping out of your car.
Allowing a dog to ride unsecured or improperly secured in the open back of a pickup truck is illegal in Connecticut. The risks are obvious and include sunburn. The dog must be in a secured travel kennel or tethered safely.
Running with a dog in warm / hot weather and on pavement is always risky, no matter how well conditioned your running companion is. A dogâ€™s temperature is naturally higher than yours and they donâ€™t sweat like you do. Dogs canâ€™t remove their coat, tell you to slow down or stop, or that their feet are burning. Sunburn is also a factor.
Take extra precaution traveling with your pets, always have your dog on a secure leash and collar. Cats should only travel in a safe secure carrier. Pets can become easily frightened in a new environment often escaping never to be located.
Firework and thunderstorm season is upon us; if you know your pet is sensitive always plan ahead. Do not leave your dog or cat home alone outside. Secure doors and windows when leaving a pet home alone inside. Please do not take your dog to the fireworks.
Fresh clean water should always be available for every pet.
Never leave your dog unattended around an in-ground swimming pool.
Cats, birds, rabbits and our hooved companions are equally affected by summer weather. Â Protection from the sun is vital.
Each season tragic stories unfold that were preventable. Think twice and take care of your pets.