Although summer isn’t officially here, it is definitely heating up. While you are enjoying the many outdoor activities that we all love such as fishing, hiking, BBQing and going to the lake, it’s important to keep not only yourself and your kids safe, but your pets as well. Following are a few tips on how to keep your pets safe and comfortable during the summer.
• Overheating can kill an animal. Never leave an animal alone in a vehicle, since even with the windows open, a parked car, truck or van can quickly become a furnace. Parking in shade offers little protection, as the sun shifts during the day.
• Don’t force your animal to exercise after a meal in hot or humid weather. Always exercise him or her in the cool of the early morning or evening.
• In extremely hot weather, don’t leave your dog standing on the street, and keep walks to a minimum. Dogs can burn their paws on the hot ground. Test pavement temperature by pressing the palm of your hand against the pavement and holding. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your dog.
• Always provide plenty of shade for an animal staying outside the house. A properly constructed dog house serves best. Added shade can be provided by trees, sunscreens and tarps.
• Always provide plenty of cool, clean water for your animal, both indoors and outside.
• Please be sensitive to old and overweight animals in hot weather. They will suffer effects of heat much more quickly and severely than younger, healthy pets.
• Pets often wander off during the course of recreational activities. Keep a current license and identification tag on your dog or cat and consider microchipping as a means of permanent identification.
• Avoid walking your dog in areas that you suspect have been sprayed with insecticides or other chemicals, as poisonings increase during the summer when gardens, lawns and trees are sprayed. These chemicals can sicken or kill an animal.
• Be alert for coolant leaking from your vehicle. Animals are attracted to the sweet taste of antifreeze and ingesting just a small amount can cause an animal’s death.
• A clean coat can help to prevent summer skin problems, so keep your dog or cat well groomed. If he has a heavy coat, shaving your dog’s hair to a 1-inch length will help prevent overheating. Don’t shave a dog’s hair down to the skin; this robs him of protection from the sun. A cat should be brushed frequently to keep his coat tangle-free.
• Take your companion animal to the veterinarian for a spring or early summer checkup, including an effective flea and tick control program.
• Never tie an animal outside on a correction collar. He can choke to death. If you must tether him, use a buckle collar with identification tags instead. (This applies in any season.) Always ensure that your animal has plenty of shade, food and water within reach.
• Never let your animal run loose. This is how an animal can contract a fatal disease, including rabies, or be injured, killed or stolen. Be sure there are no open or unscreened windows or doors.
• Fireworks are loud and scary to your pets. Please leave them at home when your family celebrates the 4th of July. HSCAZ always ends up with several animals just after the 4th of July because they were frightened and ran away from home. Keep your pets secure and inside.
Adopt a pet
Remember that our local Payson PetSmart has some of our adoptable cats available at their store. Stop in and see if one of our fancy felines can strike your interest.
Don’t forget to join HSCAZ and Petco for another Think Adoption First mobile adoption event. We will be at the Fountain Hills Petco located off of Shea Blvd. and the Beeline Highway, on Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. with some of our adorable adoptables. Come by and meet your new best friend.
The Humane Society of Central Arizona is located at 602 W. Wilson Court, just south of Main Street off McLane Road. Hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed Sunday and holidays. Stop by and meet the pets currently available for adoption.
Tara is an affectionate girl who enjoys the company of adults and older children. She gets along best with other cats that are easygoing and friendly. Tara loves to sleep in bed and will snuggle up close for some TLC.
Maggie is a gorgeous girl with topaz-colored eyes and a soft, white and grey coat to compliment. She is very affectionate and gets along with everyone. She loves to be petted and will crawl into your lap for some love and attention.
Precious is exactly that, a precious little girl. She has lived with small dogs and young children. Precious gets along with everyone and makes friends easily. She is very affectionate and easygoing. She even knows how to sit up for treats.
Coco is great with people and loves to go for walks. She is outgoing, affectionate and full of life. She gets along well with older kids and LOVES to play fetch! She knows how to sit and gets along best with other dogs that are easygoing and tolerant. Coco would do bets in a home without cats or small dogs.
Maximus is a big baby! He makes a lot of noise in his kennel, and can look pretty scary. But get him outside and Maximus is a big lover. He leans against people’s legs, practically demanding to be petted. And he’s a smart boy who can show you sit, down, shake and roll over. Fetch? Maximus has that covered, too. He is mostly indifferent toward other dogs, and seems to prefer the company of calm females. Maximus is house trained, neutered and current on all of his shots.
Shuggs is a pretty easygoing guy. It appears he has had some sort of face trauma, but we don’t know what happened. Shuggs is a sweet boy who likes to run and play. He gets along best with other dogs that are easygoing and playful. He loves people and will gladly be your new best friend. Shuggs needs a home without cats.