Help your pooch (in your silver sneakers) make the most out of a Harlem summer. Our pets love summer just as much as we do! For many, it’s the best time of year to be out, about, and enjoying all that the season has to offer.
While there is certainly nothing wrong with taking your pet out for picnics, hikes, swimming, or running, keep in mind that warm weather can be dangerous. It’s hard for pets to keep cool when the sun when its hot as hell, and animals don’t sweat like people do. Dogs do sweat, but not very much, and it does little to cool them off. As you probably know, dogs more commonly cool themselves down through panting. When there is only hot air for a dog to breathe, it’s a lot harder for that dog to keep cool.
Here are some important summer safety tips for you and your pet:
Pet Health and Safety Tips:
- Make sure your pet is fixed. Spaying or neutering reduces the number of unwanted dogs or cats, reduces risk of cancers and helps prevent territorial aggression. Studies show that unaltered animals are more likely to bite than altered ones. All cats allowed outdoors must be spayed or neutered and vaccinated against rabies.
- Keep your dog on a leash. To keep people and pets safe, all dogs must be kept on a leash when in public, except in designated park areas.
- Pick up after your pet. According to City law, pet owners must pick up pet waste from sidewalks and other public spaces. Failure to clean up after your dog can result in a fine.
- Get your dog to the vet each year. Like you, your dog needs a regular checkup and vaccinations to stay healthy. Visits to the vet can help with many health issues and prevent illnesses.
Remember, New York State law requires that all owned dogs be licensed. Dog licenses are also available online at HERE
Via The NYC Health Department