Protect Your Pets From the Summer Heat and Other Dangers
By Carol Weemes, Arlington Animal Services
Posted on July 07, 2021, July 07, 2021

Protect pets during the summer heat

Hot weather is here! The temperature is soaring, and hot weather can pose a danger to family pets. The following tips to keep your pets safe during summer are provided by The Humane Society of the United States:

Never leave your pet in the car

In nice weather you may be tempted to take your pet with you in the car while you travel or do errands. But during warm weather, the inside of your car can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes, even if you’re parked in the shade. This can mean real trouble for your companion animals left in the car.

If you do happen to see a pet alone in a car during hot weather, alert the management of the store where the car is parked. If the owner does not return promptly, call local animal control or the police department immediately.

Don’t put your pet in the back of a truck

It is very dangerous, and in some states illegal, to drive with a dog in the back of a pick-up truck. Not only can flying debris cause serious injury, but a dog may be unintentionally thrown into traffic if the driver suddenly hits the brakes, swerves or is hit by another car. Dogs should ride either in the cab (in a crate or wearing a seat belt harness designed for dogs) or in a secured crate in the bed of the truck.

Watch out for fertilizers and deadly plants

Plant food, fertilizer and insecticides can be fatal if your pet ingests them. In addition, more than 700 plants can produce physiologically active of toxic substances in sufficient amounts to cause harmful effects in animals.

Provide plenty of fresh water

To avoid pet heat exhaustion, make sure your pets have access to cool, fresh water all day long.

Stay bite free

With people and dogs spending more time outside, dog bites are likely to increase in the warmer months. Spaying or neutering your dog reduces the likelihood that he will bite and provides many other health benefits

Keep your pets safe and healthy year-round

Make sure your pet is always wearing a collar and identification tag. If you are separated from your pet, an ID tag may very well be his or her ticket home.

Check with your veterinarian to see if your pets should be taking heartworm prevention medication. Heartworm disease, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, can be fatal in both dogs and cats.

Another warm weather threat is fleas and ticks. Use only flea and tick treatments recommended by your veterinarian. Some over-the-counter flea and tick products can be toxic, even when used according to instructions.

Additionally, Arlington Animal Services has a limited number of small, medium and large crates available for Arlington residents for free to help them keep their pets safe indoors during the extreme temperatures. To request a free crate, please send a message through the Arlington Animal Services Facebook page. 

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