Summer, a season of fun, also presents unique challenges for pet owners. The warmer weather can pose severe risks to our furry friends. Here are some crucial reminders to ensure your pets stay safe and healthy during this season.

Keep them hydrated! Like us, our pets need constant access to cool, fresh water. Always carry a portable water bottle and bowl when you are out and about and avoid taking your pets out in the heat of the day.

Keep them and their feet safe on walks. Pavement can burn your pet’s paws. An outdoor temperature of 85 degrees Fahrenheit can raise concrete temperatures to 105 degrees and asphalt temperatures to 130 degrees. Pet booties provide protection, but they can also elevate body temperature. But there’s a simple solution. Take your walks early in the morning when the ground is cool.

Prevent and recognize heat exhaustion. Ensure your pets have an excellent, shady spot to relax, and NEVER put them in a hot car. Signs of heat exhaustion include excessive panting, drooling, and lethargy. If you notice these symptoms, move your pet to a cool place and immediately contact your vet.

Reduce stress. Summer activities and having more people and noise around can stress your pet. Please provide them with their creature comforts and a quiet space to retreat. Using your HTA Level 2 Grounding and Focus™ technique is one way to help support your pet to ignore distractions and be more present and focused.

Keep summer vet appointments! Regular check-ups are essential during this season. Ensure your pet is up to date with vaccinations and parasite, flea, and tick prevention. Discuss any travel plans with your vet to get specific health advice.

Prepare them for travel and kenneling. If you plan a road trip with your pet or need to kennel them while you are away, familiarize them with their carrier and ensure they are comfortable. Pack a favorite blanket or toy to make them feel at home. Plan regular water and bathroom breaks if your pet is traveling with you by car. If they aren’t coming along, a visit to the kennel facility will help to prepare your animal for your absence and their temporary surroundings.

The HTA Bridging™ technique can comfort your animal during your travel time. Let “Sophie” know the kennel staff will take good care of her. Let her know when you plan to return home. Even if your pet is traveling with you—animals like a plan and the details of what is to come. When we offer information about our plans, the animal reads the energy from our caring words.

Remember, a little preparation goes a long way in keeping your furry friends safe and sound this summer. Happy summer to you and your pets!

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