(PET CARE/SUMMER) With summer in full swing, it’s important to remember to keep our furry friends safe while we have some fun in the sun. Take a look at these top five summer hazards for pets provided by the ASPCA and share with your friends to ensure a safe season. — Global Animal

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Keep these safety tips in mind to protect your pets this summer season. Photo Credit: PetMD.com

1. Fireworks & Thunderstorms

Loud noises like fireworks are one of the top reasons pets go missing, so secure your pet in an escape-proof place. If your pet does go missing, download the ASPCA app for a free step-by-step digital toolkit to help find your pet: www.ASPCAapp.org.

2. Sun & Heat

High summer temperatures can mean dehydration, overheating, and scorched paws. Know the signs of overheating (excessive panting, increased heart rate, and weakness) and bring your pup indoors or to a cool, shady place.

3. Toxic Chemicals

Insecticides, citronella products, and glow sticks are toxic to pets. Keep your pet away from areas where chemicals have been sprayed and ensure dangerous products are out of reach.

4. Parties & Barbecues 

If your pet’s joining the party, make sure guests don’t feed your pet human food (especially grapes, onions, avocado, and chocolate).

5. Hot Cars 

Even with the windows open an inch, a car’s temperature can reach over 100° in 10 minutes on an 85° day. Leave your pet safely at home.
ASPCA Summer Infographic - top 5 summer heat hazards for pets
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