Pet safety tips for summer heat and July 4th festivities
Freshpet highlights these pointers to share with clients for keeping their pets safe this season
Freshpet is raising awareness of how to keep pets healthy and safe as hot summer weather and July 4th celebrations are approaching. The tips below offer an excellent resource to share with clients.
Staying cool in the heat
According to a company release,1 it’s important pet owners are mindful that heat stroke happens quickly in dogs, and they are informed on methods for cooling their pets down and avoiding common mistakes for their safety. Here are some quick pointers:
- Provide clean water and ensure water bowls are filled: Cool water can help cool down your pet's body temperature. Wet food can also help with hydration.
- Limit time outdoors: Because pets can’t sweat the same way humans do, they can heat up quickly. Take walks in the early morning or after sunset.
- Don’t shave your pet: This can make their skin susceptible to dangerous sun damage and cause overheating more quickly.
Additionally, pet owners should familiarize themselves with heat stroke symptoms (i.e. heavy panting, drooling, high body temperature, increased heart rate, and fatigue).1 Aziza Glass, DVM, CVA, Freshpet's veterinarian, noted in the release that if a pet appears to be having a heat stroke, to bring them inside immediately. A common mistake clients make is placing the dog in an ice-cold back as this can shock their system, resulting in quick changes in blood pressure.
“Instead, soak a towel in room temperature water and wipe your dog down to start the process of cooling them down. Afterward, proceed immediately to your primary care veterinarian or closest emergency center,” Glass added.
Firework safety 101
According to the release, dogs’ enhanced capability to interpret sound frequencies audibly and physically makes their sensitivity to loud noises such as fireworks on July 4th can cause anxiety. Some reactions include going under beds and jumping fences to get away from the sounds. Here are methods for making the holiday less unpleasant for them1:
- Offer a calm environment: If neighbors plan to launch fireworks, make a space that allows your dog to deal with the noise featuring a sound machine, lavender oil on their collar, or blankets.
- Stay indoors: Don't take your dog outside if you plan to watch or launch fireworks as this will create more anxiety for them.
- Remain close: While the fireworks are going on, ensure you or someone the pet feels safe with is next to them until the display is over providing comfort, treats, and affection.
Summer safety: how to keep pets safe from fireworks and flaring temperatures. Freshpet. June 21, 2022. Accessed June 23, 2022. https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/summer-safety-how-to-keep-pets-safe-from-fireworks-and-flaring-temperatures-301572392.html