Summer Safety for Pets: What You Need to Know

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Summer Safety for Pets: What You Need to Know

Summer is a time of fun and relaxation but for our furry friends, it can also be a time of danger. As the temperatures rise, it's important to take steps to keep our pets safe and healthy. Here are some tips for keeping your pets safe this summer: 

Keep them cool: Pets can quickly overheat in hot weather, leading to dehydration and heatstroke. Make sure your pet always has access to plenty of fresh, cool water, and provide a shaded area for them to rest in. Don't forget to give them a refreshing bath using Pets World Pet Bathing Tool and Saint Roche Mother Nature Organic Shampoo – available at ACE Hardware. 
You can also use fans or air conditioning to keep your home cool and comfortable for your pet. Get yours at ACE Hardware now! 

Avoid hot surfaces: The pavement, sand, and asphalt can get very hot in the summer sun and can burn your pet's paws. Try to avoid walking your pet on hot surfaces during the hottest parts of the day, and consider using booties to protect their paw, or you can opt to carry them using Pets World Pet Carrier Bag – available at ACE Hardware. 

You can also get them Daimaru Pet Cooling Mat Square to cool down your pet while they rest this summer. Get it now at ACE Hardware! 

Never leave your pet in a hot car: Even with the windows cracked, the temperature inside a car can quickly reach dangerous levels in the summer heat. Never leave your pet in a parked car, even for a few minutes.  

Be aware of summertime hazards: Summer brings a variety of hazards for pets, including ticks, fleas, and poisonous plants. Make sure your pet is up-to-date on their flea and tick prevention medication, and keep them away from toxic plants like lilies, azaleas, and sago palms. 

Practice water safety: If your pet loves to swim, be sure to supervise them at all times and make sure they have a safe way to get in and out of the water. Some dogs may need a life jacket to help keep them afloat. Also, be aware of the risks of drowning, especially in pools or open bodies of water. 

Use caution with summer foods: Summer barbecues and picnics can be a lot of fun, but be careful not to let your pet eat foods that could be harmful to them. Foods like onions, chocolate, and grapes can be toxic to pets, so keep them out of reach. 

Make sure your pet is properly identified: In case your pet gets lost during the summer, make sure they are wearing a collar with an ID tag, and consider getting them microchipped for additional identification. 

When it comes to your cat's litter, there are a few extra precautions you can take to ensure their safety and comfort during the summer. Here are some tips: 

Store cat litter properly: Keep cat litter in a cool, dry place, and avoid exposing it to direct sunlight. Direct sunlight can cause the litter to heat up quickly, making it uncomfortable for your cat to use. You can get quality cat litter such as Our Cat Cat Litter, Our Cat Citrus Lemon Scent Cat Litter, and Our Cat Charcoal Cat Litter at ACE Hardware. 

Keep litter boxes in a shaded area: Place litter boxes in a cool, shaded area of your home, away from direct sunlight. This will help prevent the litter from getting too hot and uncomfortable for your cat. 

Clean litter boxes frequently: In the summer, litter boxes can get smelly and attract flies and other pests. Clean them frequently to keep your home smelling fresh and to prevent your cat from getting sick.  

Watch out for signs of heatstroke: Cats can be especially susceptible to heatstroke in the summer heat. Watch out for signs like panting, lethargy, and vomiting, and seek veterinary care if you suspect your cat is suffering from heatstroke. 

Pets are an important part of our families and it's up to us to keep them safe and healthy. By following these simple tips, you can help ensure that your pets have a happy and healthy summer. Remember to always be aware of your pet's needs and to take steps to protect them from the dangers of hot weather, poisonous plants, and other summertime hazards. 

And don't forget, if you need any pet supplies or other items to help keep your pets safe this summer, ACE Hardware is here to help. If you prefer to shop from the comfort of your own home, you can use #11223 for Call & Collect service to get everything you need. So, make sure to keep your pets safe and have a fun-filled summer with the help of ACE Hardware!