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Summer Heat and Heath Hazards for Pets

Learn about the signs of heatstroke, tips on keeping your pet safe from seasonal poisons an how to keep all of your pets cool and safe in the summer heat.

Make Sure That Your Have Fresh Water Available On The Go!
Warmer weather is on the way -- are you prepared? This Quick Tip offers a way to have fresh water available on the road for your traveling pet companions.

Summer Pet Safety Tips
Summertime and the living is easy. A nice thought and often true, but not usually without some foresight and planning where pets are concerned. Humans can change into cooler clothes, get inside for the air conditioned coolness and pack a water bottle to stay hydrated. Pets have a harder time of it when the temperatures soar. Learn about the dangers of summer heat, thunderstorm and fireworks phobias, water safety and more in this summertime safety tip archive.

Summer Fun - Summer Safety
Summer pet safety, keep your pets safe from seasonal hazards

Tips for keeping your pet cool and comfortable
While many people enjoy the cool comfort of the air conditioning at work or home, what about the pets? This article offers some quick tips to making sure your pets are as comfortable as possible during the "dog days of summer".

Critter's Inflatable Pet Life Vest
This pet life vest is unique in that is self-inflates when it hits water (or when the cord is pullled). The vest can also be inflated by mouth using the attached tube. Unlike traditional pet life vests that cover a lot of surface area, this vest is very low profile. This allows for ease of movement and much cooler on sunny boating days.

Safe Mosquito and Fly Repellent for Dogs and Cats
Bugs bug dogs and cats just like they do people. Furry haircoats help some, but flies, mosquitoes, gnats and other flying, biting insects can and do bite pets; sometimes spreading disease (heartworm, pink eye) and causing rashes. Learn how to safely use insect repellents for pets and how to reduce your pet's exposure to irritating and...

Fireworks and Thunder - Loud Noise Phobias
Fireworks aren't just for the 4th of July anymore. We have them to celebrate New Year's Eve, amusement park shows, and baseball games. Same with thunderstorms, while more common in spring and summer, they can happen all year round. Here are resources to learn more about fireworks and thunder problems in pets (loud noise phobias) and how to keep...

Warm Weather Toxic Hazards
As the weather improves and people spend more time outside however, the possibility of pets being poisoned increases.

Dogs Left In Cars - Risk of Heat Stroke on Warm Days
Every year I see pets, especially dogs, left in the car while the owner "runs a quick errand" inside a store or restaurant. The windows are cracked open, the dog will be fine, right? It's only for a few minutes. Considering that the closed up car acts like a greenhouse and the inside temperatures can soar to 120F in "just a few minutes," instead...

Heatstroke in Pets - Overexertion as a Cause of Heatstroke in Pets
Dogs cannot sweat to cool down like people. They can sweat a little through their paw pads, but the main way dogs cool down (rather inefficiently) is by panting. Dogs with short noses are even less efficient at cooling via panting. Given cool shade and water to drink, will dogs "know" when to stop and take a rest while at the beach or dog park? What signs should you watch for so your dog stays co…

How to Remove a Tick From Your Pet Or Yourself
There are many ideas about the best way to remove a tick, one of the most common tricks being to put a lit match on the tick to make the tick "angry" enough to back out on its own. The truth is, this can actually make things worse for you and the tick; injecting more foreign material into you (or your pet) from the tick. Early removal of the...

Fireworks and Thunder - Tips for Coping with Loud Noise Phobias
How dogs and cats react to loud noises varies widely. Some animals seem unaffected, others will jump through glass windows in terror. For animals that are afraid of loud noises, they can't help it, and the effect often multiplies if left untreated. What works for one pet may not work for another. Here are some things to try to help reduce loud...

Summertime Pet Safety - Share Your Tips For Keeping Pets Safe in Summertime Heat
Summertime is a wonderful time to enjoy the outdoors and longer days with our pets, but caution is advised; danger lurks on these bright beautiful days. The living isn't always easy if you are overheated, ate too much or suffer from parasites. Have you experienced summer weather problems with your pet? Please share your tip or warning with...

Fireworks and Thunder - Share what works for your pet on 4th of July …
Fear of loud sounds - fireworks, thunder, gunshot - are called noise phobias. Some pets don't seem to notice, some get a bit stressed, and some pets are downright terrified by loud noises. My pets have "learned" this behavior from each other, and it may intensify with age. In the "Pets and Fireworks" article, common noise phobia signs and some behavior modification tips were offered. Do you have …

Tick Twister - Easy Tool for Safely Removing Ticks
The 'best way' to remove ticks is with as minimal as possible handling of the tick. A lit match is definitely not the best way, and can induce more damage. The Tick Twister provides an easy way to remove ticks that is low cost, safe, and utilizing a technique to reduce the spread of infectious agents via ticks.

Pets left in cars - have you assisted a pet left in a car on …
It might be easy to look the other way. Stay out of other people's business. The owner must be coming right back to the dog in the car, right? Maybe not. Just how hot is it in there? Studies have shown that even on a "cool" day of 82F, the temperature can reach 109F inside a closed car in minutes. If you saw an animal left unattended in a car, would you call for assistance? Have you helped an…

Pet Life Jackets
I have mentioned pet life jackets before on this site as they relate to overall safety in the summer and around water. This article examines pet life jackets more closely and will hopefully help pet owners decide if a life jacket is a good idea for their pet(s).

Open Window Alert - Protect Your Pet From Falls
As the outside temperatures rise, home and car windows are opened to let in the fresh air. Most pet owners assume that dogs and cats have a natural sense and sure-footedness to protect them from falls, but this is not always the case. Prevent a tragedy and protect your pet from accidental falls this spring and summer.

My Dog Is Cool - formerly "Your Car is an Oven"
It doesn't have to be a hot day - even moderate days waiting in a parked car can be deadly. This site was created by the Animal Protection League to help educate people about the very real dangeers and deaths caused by leaving animals in cars. Lots of excellent information here, including a link to get flyers that you can distribute to save animals locked in cars.

Josh's Story
A Viewer Viewpoint piece, submitted by T. Smithmeyer, warning others of potential backyard dangers.

Pool Alert - Prevent a Tragedy
Don't overlook this common backyard danger. Also, how to recognize hypothermia, and what to do about it.

Tips To Prevent Heat Stroke In Your Pet
Hot weather creates additional hazards for your pet. Unlike humans, animals can't change their wardrobe or turn on the air conditioning like humans do to keep comfortable. Follow these common sense tips to prevent a heat-related pet emergency.

What Are The Signs Of Heat Stroke In Pets?
Dogs and cats have little choice when it comes to keeping cool in summer heat. Recognizing the signs of heatstroke will allow for prompt treatment; and time is of the essence when treating this condition.

Dog Days of Summer - Does Coat Color Make A Difference?
A viewer asks: "Does the color of the coat of a dog make much difference in the dog-days of summer?" Learn the answers to this interesting hot weather question and the origins of the term, "dog days of summer".

Summer Safety and Pets
From your About.com Guide - summer safety issues for your pet.

Beat the Heat! Summertime Quiz
Test your knowledge of hot weather hazards for pets. Find additional information and resources with each correct answer.

Heat Stroke and Sunburn in Cats
From our Cats Guide, Franny Syufy. Excellent article on heat stroke, sunburn, and how to keep your cat cool.

Heatstroke in Dogs
Learn what happens during heatstroke and how to prevent it, from the About.com Guide to dogs, Krista Mifflin.

Sunburn: Not Just For Humans -- Protect Your Pets, Too
People are finally learning about the dangers of sun exposure. Now this sun care attention is turning to our pets. White animals and those that have a summer hair cut or with naturally thin (or nonexistent!) hair coats are particularly sensitive to the sun, and may suffer the same ills as humans: sunburn and skin cancers. This Quick Tip offers...

Hot Feet: Protect Your Dog's Feet from Getting Burned on Hot Pavement
Dog's feet and pads are tough, right? Most people are aware that foot pads can be injured by stepping on something sharp, but what about something...

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