Safety Tips for Pets

Precautions When Traveling With Pets
If you decide to take your pet with you when you travel this summer, please be sure to take the following precautions:
  • Never leave your pet in the car, even for short periods of time with the windows open. Though it may seem cool outside, the sun can raise the temperature inside your car to life-threatening levels in a matter of only minutes. Since dogs do not sweat from their entire skin surface, they can only regulate their body temperature by panting, which becomes ineffective in hot, stationary air.
  • Make sure your pet has access to plenty of fresh water at all times. Like people, pets need to drink more in hot weather. A plastic swimming pool filled with a few inches of clean water is a great way to provide your pet with fresh drinking water. It also provides a place for your pet to cool down while outdoors.
  • Avoid exercise during the most intense heat of the day and keep walks to a reasonable pace and distance. Watch for signs of overexertion in your pet, such as excessive panting, drooling, weakness, bloody diarrhea or vomit, or bright red gums. If you notice any of these signs, call or transport your pet to your veterinarian immediately.
  • If your pet has exposed skin or short hair, be sure to apply sunscreen before your pet spends time outdoors. Ear tips and noses are the most prone to sunburn, especially on dogs and cats with light-colored hair and skin. Just like you, pets can get burned even on overcast summer days.
Supplies for Summer Travel With Pets
If you take your Pet with you this summer on a day trip, weekend adventure or extended vacation, please have the following supplies on hand:
  • A bed, blanket, or towel to lie on
  • A proper car restraint for your pet - either seatbelt or kennel
  • A sturdy leash for walking and, if necessary, a tie out for confining the pet to a specific area. Never leave a tied out pet unattended.
  • Favorite toys (without squeakers if you will be within hearing range of others);
  • Food and snacks / treats, if appropriate
  • Plastic bags for cleaning up after your dog
  • Sunscreen for short-haired and light-skinned areas
  • Towels for after wading, swimming or getting dirty outside
  • Veterinary records and microchip information, if available
  • Health certificate from your veterinarian if you will be flying with your pet
  • Water bowl with fresh water and a place mat to catch spills
  • A well-fitting collar with ID tags with current information
More Information
For more information, please contact Animal Care Services at (972) 317-6551.