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Seven Tips for Summer Pet Safety

Aug 01, 2019 04:10PM

Summertime means fun in the sun, especially with your furry friends. But that joy can turn to heartbreak if you’re not careful. To ensure a fun and safe summer, the Placer SPCA asks all pet parents to take note of these summer tips. 

1. Keep your pet home and out of the car. The easiest way to keep your pets safe this summer is to leave them at home when running errands. On a 90-degree day, it takes less than 10 minutes for a car’s interior to reach 160 degrees. Leaving your pet in the car–even for a minute–can lead to heatstroke, irreversible organ damage or death. These tragedies are 100% preventable.

2. Exercise when it’s coolest. Avoid exercising your pet on hot days–except earlier in the morning or later in the evening. Always have plenty of water available and remember that asphalt and concrete can get very hot. Place your hand on the sidewalk or asphalt. If it hurts you, it will hurt their paws far worse.

3. Beware of mosquitoes. Heartworm is transmitted by mosquitoes which are more common in the summer and can be fatal in dogs and cats. Check with your veterinarian to see if your pet should be taking heartworm medication.

4. Watch out for pesticides. Plant food, fertilizers and insecticides in backyards and public spaces are more widely used during the warmer months, and can be fatal if ingested by dogs or cats.

5. Protect them from the sun. Provide plenty of shade and water for your pet at all times and remember that pets can get sunburned too. Use sunscreen on pets with short coats, light colored noses, or fur on their ears.

6. Avoid the crowds. Consider leaving your pets behind when you go to crowded summer events like concerts or fairs. The loud noises and crowds, combined with heat, can be stressful and dangerous for most pets.

7. Make it possible to find your pet. Make sure your pet has an identification tag and microchip. Microchips are available at the Placer SPCA’s Companion Animal Care Center for $25 during regular business hours.



Since 1973, the Placer SPCA has been dedicated to facilitating the humane treatment of animals in Placer County as well as a safer, healthier community overall. This non-profit organization houses up to 4,000 animals each year, and includes an education room and treatment rooms for sick and injured animals. Other services provided by the Placer SPCA include adoption counseling, spay/neuter assistance and education, pet lost and found, humane education, collaborative rescue efforts, foster care, mobile adoption, behavior modification counseling and training, and volunteer opportunities. For more information, visit