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A Swansea Vet Sounds Off on Summer Pet Safety


With the summer season well underway, now is the time to enjoy hot, sunny days with those who are special to you. Unfortunately, warm summer days and pets can be a bad combination. When the mercury climbs, it is essential to know how to keep your pet out of harm's way. Here at Best Friends Animal Hospital and Pet Resources, we want to help our clients protect their pets during the summer. Keep your pet safe with these suggestions from a Swansea vet.

Leave Pets at Home

Your dog or cat does not want to wait in a swelteringly hot car while you shop. Home is the safest and most comfortable place for them to spend the day. It only takes around 30 minutes for the interior of a car to reach 120° when it’s 85° outside. Despite common misconceptions, leaving the windows open slightly doesn’t keep cars significantly cooler, nor does choosing a shady parking spot. And leaving the vehicle running with the air conditioner on isn’t a solution, either. Even newer cars can experience mechanical issues, and it's possible for unattended pets to inadvertently switch off the air conditioner. Leaving a pet alone in a vehicle is unsafe and just isn’t worth the risk. 

Make Sure They Have More Than Enough Water

Animals should have water available to them at all times. It’s even more important in the summer, though. Like people, animals need to stay well-hydrated when it's hot. Ensure that their water dish at home is always full of water, and change it regularly. Bring water with you when going for a walk with your pet, too. 

Don't Walk on Hot Pavement

Paved surfaces get hot quickly during the summer and can burn your precious pooch's paws. Black asphalt could be an astonishing 60° warmer than the temperature of the air. And since pets’ paws are more sensitive than many pet parents realize, it takes less than a minute for serious burns to occur when walking on hot surfaces. 

When possible, it is safest to walk your dog on the grass when it’s hot outside. If going for a walk on a paved surface is the only option, check the surface’s temperature prior to letting your pet walk on it. If it’s too hot to keep your hand on it for ten seconds, it is too hot for your pet to walk on. Consider purchasing a pair of booties to protect your pup’s delicate paws when there is no alternative to walking on hot surfaces. 

Schedule an Appointment with a Vet in Swansea

If your pet needs a Swansea vet, we'd love to lend a hand. We offer a wide range of wellness and emergency services and are here to help your furry friend stay healthy this summer and throughout the years.  Contact Best Friends Animal Hospital and Pet Resources now to schedule your companion's appointment with our skilled team. 



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