Seasonal Tip: Summer Pet Safety

It’s hard to top a day at the beach here in San Francisco, especially when you bring your pet along to enjoy the sun, sand, and surf. However, it’s important to keep in mind the potential risks your pet might face on a hot summer day on the beach. Below are essential steps you should take to keep your pet safe and happy.

  1. Make sure your pet has access to plenty of fresh, cool water and plenty of shade to shelter them from the sun whenever they need it. Don’t let them drink the sea water, as it contains hundreds of bacteria, and its high salt content can make them sick.

  2. Don’t let your pet swim out into the ocean; even if they’re capable swimmers, they can get caught in strong currents or riptides and be at risk of drowning. Keep a close eye on your pet at all times.

  3. Keep your pet on a sturdy leash when you’re at the park or public beach. This might seem obvious, but it’s important to keep in mind, especially when other people bring their pets along with them.

  4. Make sure your pet is current on all their requisite vaccinations and parasite preventatives. Fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes thrive in warm, humid temperatures, and can transmit harmful diseases.

  5. NEVER leave your pet unattended in a parked vehicle, under any circumstances. The interior of a car can quickly exceed 100 degrees on a 70-degree day, and your pet can succumb to heatstroke in a very short time. If you have the choice, leave them at home where they have air conditioning and water.

Seasonal Pet Tip: Pets Fitness During the Winter

When the colder months of winter come, it’s time to get creative when thinking of ways to keep yourself and your pet active. We have some tips ready to give you a healthy dose of inspiration. Read on, and then get moving!

If you ever see a pet left on a warm day, and you suspect that their life may be in danger, here’s what you can do:

  1. Play indoors – games like hide and seek, tug of war, and fetch are great ways for your pet to stay active and bond with you. You both will have so much fun, you won’t even know you’re exercising.

  2. Sign your pet up for a fitness class – Indoor agility training, swimming, and other classes are available for dogs all year long. Not only will these classes keep your pet moving, they’re great ways for your pet to socialize with other pets.

  3. Take a brisk walk – if weather permits, take your pet for a walk outside. Days are shorter, so plan your walks for when it’s light outside. If you do end up walking your pet when it’s dark, make sure both of you are wearing reflective gear. Don’t forget to bundle up – yourself and your pet.

  4. Consider daycare – if you work quite a bit, and don’t want your dog to be cooped up at home all day, try taking him to daycare. There, he can play and socialize with other dogs.

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