The Dog Days of Summer
Summer’s hot weather means that your family and your pets will probably be spending more time outdoors in the yard. The new season can also bring along dangers for our pets, here are some tips to help your family pets stay safe this summer.
Everyday Garden Plants and Flowers
Warm weather puts everyone in the mood to plant pretty flowers in the yard or garden. However, many species of plants and flowers are poisonous to pets. And plant pesticides can also be deadly for your pets. Also make sure to check the labels of gardening products you purchase for pet safety, or use organic pesticides and fertilizer in your garden.
Some of the more common flowers that are poisonous include: Amaryllis, Azalea, Chrysanthemums, Cyclamen, Daffodils, Easter cactus, Hyacinth, Lilies, Narcissus, Oleander, and Tulips. Even your pet birds can become ill from chewing on a Lilly. List of Plants Toxic to Your Pet >
Just like humans, pets can get allergies too so keep an eye out for itchy skin irritations, ear infections, loss of hair, or a runny nose and sneezing. Also pets with pink noses can be sensitive to the sun, requiring sun screen if they are outdoors for long periods of time. Make sure to check with your veterinarian.
Safe Outdoor Areas
If your dogs are outside a lot, turn the lights on for them at night. Older dogs and cats can begin to get blind so they need light, just like people, to see better in darkness.
Check to see if there are any buckets or toys, like wagons, that could collect water. Remove all “standing water” and turn these items upside down. Make sure that you change the water often in all ponds or pools.
Holes in the yard should be filled. Check around your barbecue and make sure gasoline, kerosene, or propane is sealed in tamper proof containers away from fire area. Also, the last thing anyone wants is for a pet to escape through a hole in the fence, and get hit by a car – so check fences often to prevent this.
Family members should be prepared for emergencies so have your vet’s number handy for everyone to locate, including housekeepers and babysitters.