Pets enjoy the summertime; after all, warmer weather does mean more time spent outdoors. While we want to give our pets the freedom to have fun, it’s important to take precaution. The truth is that there are quite a few health hazards you, as a pet parent, need to be on the lookout for.
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First and foremost, the higher the temperature outside, the more you need to do everything you can to protect your pet from a heatstroke. According to the Humane Society, if your pet is suffering from a heatstroke you should move him or her into the shade or air conditioned area, then apply cold towels or icepacks to their head, neck and chest. Make sure they drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubs, then take him/her directly to the veterinarian.
Other precautions you should take include watching your pet closely around pools, never leaving them alone in a parked vehicle, avoiding walking them on hot asphalt, and keeping them away from toxic plants and flowers.