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Summer Prep for Pets


Temperatures are creeping up and that means you’ll need to consider different safety precautions for your pet(s). ARLEP put together this helpful guide to assist you in prepping for a safe and fun summer with your pets.

Reschedule your walks

The temperature of the pavement can be drastically different than the air temperature. Plan walks for early in the morning or after the sun goes down to ensure the pavement doesn’t burn your pet’s paws. You can test the temperature by placing the tops of your hands on the pavement, if you can’t comfortably leave them there, it’s too hot for your pet.

Plan your errands

The temperature inside a vehicle will rapidly reach triple digits, even if the temperature outside the car is not. Leaving your pets unattended in a vehicle is discouraged throughout the year, but particularly in summer. Plan to run your errands solo or take your pet with you when you leave your vehicle.

Hydrate frequently

Your pet should always have access to fresh, clean water. But in the summer, this is even more critical to the welfare of your pet. If you’re away during the day, consider coming home during lunch or hiring a pet minder to check on your pet during the day to ensure they have adequate water.

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