LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Keeping Fluffy or Fido safe is a priority year-round, but the summer time brings with it unique risks to pets. Here are five summer pet safety tips for your 4-legged friend.
Check out the full list from Good Housekeeping: 6 Summer Pet Safety Tips
1. Heat - Dogs and cats become dehydrated quickly, so make sure they have access to plenty of fresh water and shade when outdoors. Signs of heatstroke and dehydration include heavy panting, difficulty breathing and bright red gums or tongue. Cats may also act restless, groom excessively or have sweaty feet.
2. Toxins - That beautiful summer garden of yours may not be one hundred-percent safe for roaming pets. Commonly used lawn products may be toxic if ingested. Keep insect repellent, Citronella candles and other insect killing products away from pets.
3. Water - Never leave your dog unsupervised around a swimming pool - even if he's a swimmer because he may not be able to get out of the pool without help. Luckily, it's okay for dogs to drink some pool water. You should also rinse off your pooch after swimming in a pool or ocean - as both chlorine and salt can irritate a dog's skin.
4. Open windows - You really need to have screens on your windows if you have cats. It's not a question of your cat's intelligence. If your cat sees a bird, she may not realize she's 4-floors up.
5. Travel - Never leave a dog or cat in a parked car or RV. And for safety, cats and dogs shouldn't be kept in the front seat. Make sure your pet's crate is stocked with water and possibly even ice packs.