Summer is always a fun and amazing experience here in Northern Nevada. We hope all animals, yours included, feel the same way. Here are some great tips to keep in mind for your pets, courtesy of our Adoptions Staff members:
Fortify Against Fleas and Ticks:
Make sure your pet is on proper flea medication since those pesky pests thrive in warmer temperatures. It’s also helpful to have a flea comb and flea shampoo on hand.
Brushing away knots and mats from your pet’s mane aids circulation and helps regulate your furry friend’s body temperature.
That’s right, sunscreen isn’t only for humans. Hairless or short-hair breeds and animals with white coats are more susceptible to burning. You can use pet-safe sunscreen and apply it to exposed areas.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate:
Look for signs of overheating like excessive panting, drooling and weakness. Keep plenty of water handy and make sure that your pets don’t drink out of stagnant water like puddles, since there’s bacteria aplenty.
During fireworks and summer thunderstorms, keep pets safe and secure in a quiet area at home.
Never leave your pet alone in a hot car. When traveling, use a secured crate, harness system, or pet safety belt.
Prepare for Storms:
Create a disaster kit with food, water, and medication that can last for at least five days.
Walk your pet during the cooler morning and evening hours. Avoid hot surfaces like black asphalt, pavement, and sand. If your pet steps on those hot surfaces, they could burn their paws.
Keep your pets away from bug spray, insecticides, citronella products and sunscreen.
Never leave pets unattended at the beach, river, lake, pond, or pool. When boating, use a pet life jacket.
Sand is Banned:
Don’t let your pets play with toys or balls covered in sand, or that they don’t eat sand in general.
We hope these solutions help keep pets safe and happy during all kinds of weather. For more information and to learn more about the ways we work with Washoe County Regional Animal Services, visit SummerPetSafety.com.