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Picnics, cool drinks, watermelon slices and a day well spent at the pool are some of the thoughts that come to mind when one thinks about summer. But summers can also be a hotbed for infections and hazards when embarking on outdoor adventures with your furry pal. Here are some tips to keep your best friend safe during the season.Cars Can Become Furnaces, Keep Your Pet Hydrated and Safe
According to a report by PETA, the inside of a car can get up to 3° F hot per minute. If you do have to leave your pets in the car, make sure you roll down the windows or crank up the air conditioning to ensure that the heat inside the car is being constantly regulated. Heatstroke and dehydration are not just human problems; your pets get affected too. Keeping your pet hydrated during hot summer months. Always make sure there is a bowl of cold water available for your furry friend.Be on a Parasite Patrol
While summers can be a playful time for your pets, it is also the time where veterinarians see the most number of cases of ear or skin infections. When on a picnic or exploring the outdoors with your furry playmate, keep them away from sniffing too many flowers or eating plant food. Even the grass is sprayed with insecticides and ingesting it can prove to be fatal for your pet. Ensure that the paws of your pet are well protected against ringworms, tapeworms or any other parasite wiggling on the streets. Anti-flea and tic medication should also be applied all over your pet’s body to maintain good hygiene.Love Your Scissors, Ditch the Razor When Grooming
How one grooms their pets is largely dependent on the area they live in and the breed they have. Your pet’s fur coat is what helps them to regulate their body temperature and block harmful sunlight. This summer season, trim your pet’s majestic coat to keep them cool but do not shave it off. The most common illness amongst most pet is skin cancer due to a high exposure to the sun. Pair the short coat with an effective sun block to keep their skin healthy and happy.Be Your Pet’s Lifeguard
Pools or just a good time at the beach can be a great stress buster during summers. When stepping inside the cool water with your pet, make sure they have a life jacket strapped on. The first thing to teach them is the exit route from the pool to prevent them from drowning. One should always be near when swimming in a lake or an ocean to rescue them immediately if they get stuck in a sand pit and fail to find solid ground underneath.