Pet Safety Tips

Our pets add so much joy, love and happiness to our lives. In return, we owe it to them to keep them safe, healthy and strong. Here are three tips to keep in mind. Colorado has had a very warm winter and it feels like Spring is here early. With those rising temperatures a lot of us are getting outside with our pets. Here's some tips to keep in mind.

1. On the Road

It's not only dangerous, but in some states, it's now illegal to drive with an unsecured dog in the back of a pick-up truck. In warm weather, however, the interior of a truck or car can be even more dangerous, with temperatures reaching up to 120 degrees in just a few minutes. Even parked in the shade, cats and dogs left in the car can suffer heat stroke, brain damage, and even death. Don't let this happen! If your pet is not allowed full access to wherever you're going, leave them at home. The same advice applies when temperatures reach cold extremes too, as being locked in a parked car for a long time isn't good for anyone in freezing weather.

2. In the Sun

Did you know that cats and dogs can become sunburned? It's true. According to the Humane Society, sunscreen may be required for some dogs and cats, especially those with light-colored noses and fur. Either way, it's important to provide plenty of water and shade for your pets. Also, keep in mind that cement, asphalt and sand can absorb a lot of heat and severely burn the pads of their feet.

3. In the Yard

Fleas, ticks, and mosquitos (a source of heartworms) are just a few of the critters you and your vet should discuss preventing. And don't forget health hazards in the garden as well. Beyond hundreds of varieties of plants that can be toxic to animals, some seemingly harmless plant foods, fertilizers, and insecticides can severely threaten your beloved pet's health as well.

Keep those pets safe! They are truly an extension of our family. Colorado's weather has been unseasonably warm, so keep that in mind if you are running errands with your furry friends.

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