Are you giving your pet the summertime blues?

You might be asking yourself this question, if your pet is not as playful nor enjoying playing with you.

Often, we forget that our pets can also get heat strokes, causing owners to lose their best friends forever.

Here are some safety tips to use while taking your best friend to the beach, on a road trip, or just outside in the yard.

  • Always make sure you have plenty of fresh water or are near a location that can provide fresh water. (Beaches are not the best water for your pet)
  • When on a road trip, do not forget your pet in a vehicle, always provide water and food for the whole trip, and stop in well lit areas for your pet to do his/her business.
  • If outside, provide a safe environment for your pet to get plenty of playtime, remove any pointy objects that can harm your pet, provide a shaded area for your pet to rest from playing, provide fresh water to help from a heat stroke.

For more information on summer tips for Pet Safety you can also download the Red Cross Pet First Aid app for step-by-step instructions for first aid emergencies, toxic substances, a pet profile for storing tag ID, photo and medical information, early warning signs for when to contact a veterinarian and an animal hospital locator.

About the American Red Cross:

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