Enjoying Decatur Summers with Your Pet

Summer is a beautiful time in central Illinois and the city offers plenty of things to do! However, being out in the heat for too long can be detrimental to your pet. They cannot sweat like we do, so the heat can get to be too much, too quickly, putting them at risk for heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Make sure your pet is well-hydrated when outside, and always has a cool patch of shade to lie down in. For more summer pet safety tips, keep reading!

Summer Safety

  • NEVER leave your pet in a parked car for any length of time. The car can heat up to dangerous levels in a matter of minutes, and your pet’s life is not worth the risk!
  • Change your walking routine to be earlier in the morning or later in the evening when the weather is cooler.
  • On walks in the city, make sure your pet is not walking on hot pavement. The heat radiates from the asphalt and can burn their paws and raise their body temperature far too quickly.
  • Makes sure their parasite prevention is up to date! Pests love the warmth as much as we do and are therefore more prevalent during the summer months.

Water Safety

It may be surprising, but not all pets can swim! If you’re taking your dog out to the lake, be sure they are always supervised, and preferably on a leash. Pets, just like us, can often over-estimate their abilities—even the best of swimmers can get too tired and drown. Life preservers can help your pet stay afloat and are particularly useful for barrel-chested breeds who are not built for swimming. Additionally, it’s important to have fresh clean water available for your pet to drink. They should not drink straight from the lake as there is bacteria that could make them ill.

Severe Weather Safety

Summer is also a time for wild weather. Tornadoes especially can come crashing through without warning. Always stay abreast of the latest weather trends and make sure to bring your pet inside well before the storm hits. If your pet becomes anxious with storms, they may need anxiety medication to help keep them stay calm. Handling your pets with gentle movements and a calming tone will help, too.

If you think your pet is suffering from heat stroke (symptoms include lethargy, heavy panting, vomiting, and disorientation), please call us immediately. Or for more information on summer pet safety, don’t hesitate to get in touch!