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3 Summer Pet Safety Tips from a Daly City Vet

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With summer well underway, now is a good opportunity to enjoy time with loved ones. Sadly, hot summer days can be unsafe for your furry loved ones, though. As the temperature rises, it is essential to know how to keep your cat or dog safe. Here at Animal Farm Pet Hospital, our skilled and caring team is here to help. Learn how to protect your pet with these safety tips from a Daly City vet.

Leave Your Pet at Home

Your pet may love going for rides, but you should never leave them alone in your car in hot weather. Within 30 minutes, the interior of a car or truck can reach 120° on an 85° day. Despite common myths, cracking the windows doesn't help, nor does parking in a shady spot. Leaving the vehicle running with the air conditioning on high is not wise, either. Your four-legged best friend could accidentally bump the controls, or your car could break down. No matter how much your pet likes going with you, it's best to never leave them in a car alone. 

Make Sure They Have More Than Enough Water

Dogs and cats should always have access to clean water. Like people, pets need more water when it's hot, so it’s especially important to keep their bowl full during the summer. Be sure to pack some water when you take your canine companion for a stroll, too. 

Protect Your Pal's Paw Pads from Hot Pavement

Pavement gets hot fast during the summer months, and pets’ paws are more delicate than many people realize. Black asphalt could be an astonishing 60° hotter than the temperature of the air. In these situations, serious burns can occur within just a minute. 

Whenever it is possible to do so, we recommend walking your dog on the grass. When you must walk on pavement, feel it with your hand first. If it’s too warm to hold your hand on it for a minimum of ten seconds, it is too hot for your pet to walk on. Buying a pair of bootsis a great way to protect your pet's paws when walking on hot pavement is a must. 

Schedule an Appointment With a Daly City Vet

Does your beloved pet need a skilled and compassionate Daly City vet? If so, we would be honored to help. From routine wellness services to emergency care, our expert team does it all. Contact Animal Farm Pet Hospital today to schedule an appointment. 

 

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