We hope you’re still enjoying your summer Pittsford! After that long winter, we are so happy for these warm days. Last week we shared ways for your family to keep cool in the summer heat, and this week we’d like to talk about keeping your furry friends safe & comfortable too!
Have you seen these hilarious pictures of dogs underwater!? Check them out, and then take a look at some summer safety tips for your fur baby!
Limit Exercise & Be Cautious of Hot Pavement
As much as your dog loves their daily walk, it’s a good idea to limit their exercise on hot days. Whenever possible, walk your dog in the early mornings or evenings when the sun isn’t so bright overhead. And please bear in mind that if pavement is too hot for humans to walk on, it is too hot for the pads of your dog’s feet. Here is some great information on protecting your buddy’s paws during the summer months.
Never Leave Your Pet in the Car
We know this should be a no-brainer, but every year we see news articles about dogs being left in hot cars. At the very least, this is sure to be uncomfortable for your pet, and at worse can have fatal consequences. According to the Human Society, the temperature inside your car on an 85 degree day can reach 100 degrees in 10 minutes. In 30 minutes, you’ll start to see temperatures reaching 120 degrees, and this is with the windows cracked! What should you do if you see someone has left a pet in a hot car? They also provide some great tips to help you decide what to do. Please note these important numbers for the Town of Greece; use non-emergency numbers if you need to call an official.
Provide Cool Environments
Whenever possible, limit your dog’s outdoor activity on hot days. When your pet does need to spend some time outside make sure Fido has some shade with air circulation (like a tree or a tarp); dog houses can actually make things worse because there is no air flow. Also provide plenty of fresh cold water; on especially hot days even adding some ice cubes to their bowl will help keep them cool.
We know how much you love your pet & do your best to take care of them. But, a dog can get dehydrated quickly in the summer heat, and should you find yourself in a situation where you need some emergency medical assistance for your pet, here are some great places locally:
Monroe Veternary Associates
If you need after-hours care for your pet, your best bet are the Veterinary Specialists and Emergency Service of Monroe Vet Associates. They are open 24 hours a day, and are located on White Spruce Blvd in Rochester. Visit their website for more info.
Animal Hospital of Pittsford
This is another great option for your pet’s emergency services. Located right here in Pittsford, they are a great resource if your pet needs treatment. Visit their website to see their hours.
Have Some Fun
Just because it’s summer, doesn’t mean you can’t have fun with your pet! Here are some fun ideas for celebrating the season with your fur babies:
- Set up a kiddie pool in your yard for your dog to splash around in! Just be sure to change the water regularly; don’t let scum build up (your dog may drink it, and that wouldn’t be good!).
- Does your dog love their Kong? Step it up a notch and freeze their toy after you’ve put the peanut butter in. As an added bonus, the delicious treat inside will last longer if it is frozen!
- Try making this super cool “pup-sicles” for your little buddy!
We hope that you & your pets are enjoying the summer! If you are interested in learning more about our wonderful community, Pittsford’s Realtor Christina Feck would love to help you!