Keep Your Pets Healthy and Safe This Summer Infographic

Dr. Barbara Royal, DVM, CVA

Top 5 tips to help keep pets healthy this summer:

  1. NEVER, EVER leave your pet in a car. Even if the day feels cool (even 65 degrees!), the summer sun can heat up the inside of a car (even with the windows open/cracked) to temperatures above 90 degrees in as little as 10 minutes. From there it's just a few minutes until it's over 120 degrees.  Even if it's not fatal, exposure to high heat for even a few minutes can cause illness, collapse, severe gastroenteritis and other serious health issues.
  2. Use ice cube trays to make and freeze your own treats. Avoid treats that increase inflammation and heat in the body, especially treats with grains or high in carbs.  Summer is hot and cooling down can be yummy and healthful.  Add cooling or calming herbal teas to treats, like peppermint tea, chamomile tea or sage tea.  Depending on the situation, you can also add aloe juice or apple cider vinegar.
  3. Avoid pesticides, herbicides and fungicides, as they can all be toxic to pets. These types of chemicals can be found in lawn treatments, insect sprays, and other pest control products, even in squeeze on and oral pesticides used for flea and tick control on pets. There are many natural pest control products that are better suited to the health of our pets and our planet.
  4. Encourage pets to play and interact, but always keep them hydrated. Dog parks and beaches can be wonderful fun, but make sure your pet has access to fresh water (salt water from ocean beaches is not drinkable) and a place in the shade to cool down – especially black pets in the sun. Overweight animals, very young animals, and very old animals will have more trouble managing the heat. If you've been noticing your pet is making more noise when breathing, this could also mean they are less likely to handle hot temperatures. Keep them indoors and out of the heat when possible.
  5. Help reduce your pet’s anxiety from loud noises. Try NOW® Pets Relaxant 30 to 60 minutes before any fireworks displays or exposure to loud noises to help reduce anxiety. Remember, don't bring pets to fireworks displays or parades in the heat as it can be very hot, frightening and confusing for them.

NOW® Pets ia a line of natural pet supplements designed for dogs and cats. Developed under the guidance of Dr. Barbara Royal, DVM, CVA –  a renowned Midwestern veterinarian and pioneering expert in holistic animal care – and manufactured with NOW’s expertise in producing safe and efficacious quality products, the NOW® Pets line can be a trusted resource for supporting optimal animal health.