After being cooped up all winter it can be exciting to finally get out and about again with your beloved cat or dog, but it's also important that you keep your pets safe and out of harm's way. Here are five ways you can ensure the safety of your animal companion when stepping out to take advantage of the warmth and sunshine.
1. Keep an Eye on Their Temperature
Keep a close eye on your pet during warm days to ensure they aren't overheating. Dogs may pant excessively, hyperventilate, or show increased levels of saliva. Cat symptoms of overheating include open-mouth breathing and panting, vocalizing, and vomiting. Thankfully, overheating in cats is a rare occurrence.
2. Stay Hydrated
While you and your cat or dog are out exploring you're both going to need to stay adequately hydrated, so take plenty of water breaks. You probably don't want to share your water bottle, but there are lightweight collapsible bowls you can easily carry with you on your trips.
3. Be Wary of Hot Surfaces
You've got shoes to protect your feet, but hot asphalt can cause severe burns on cats' and dogs' sensitive paws. Before placing them down or allowing them to walk on a surface give the area a quick check with the palm of your hand.
Small dogs and cats are particularly vulnerable to hot surfaces, especially if they spend most of their time indoors. A pet backpack for small animal companions may be the perfect solution for keeping your pets safe on the way to the park. Pet backpacks are the definition of animal comfort and style, containing plenty of ventilation and providing an unobstructed view.
4. Don't Let Them Eat Anything They Shouldn't
Animals are curious by nature and are always thinking about food, which means they can quickly gulp something down that they shouldn't while you're exploring the park or bushland, such as mushrooms, berries, and plants.
5. Situational Awareness
Other people are most likely going to be out and about enjoying the weather with their pets so keep a watch for developing situations your dog or cat may find threatening, such as other approaching animals.