Camping Safety Tips

  1. NEVER LEAVE THEM IN THE CAR – On a warm day, the temperature in a parked car can reach 120F in a matter of minutes -- even with the car windows partially open. Your pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke or suffocation when trapped in high temperatures.  Read more at this great website.
  2. SIGNS OF HEAT STROKE - Body temperatures of >104F degrees, excessive panting, dark or bright red tongue and gums, staggering, stupor, seizures, bloody diarrhea or vomiting, coma, death. Short-nosed breeds, such as Bulldogs and Pugs, heavy-coated breeds, and dogs with heart or respiratory problems are more at risk for heat stroke. If you suspect heat stroke in your pet, use cool water, not ice water, to cool your pet. Seek Veterinary attention immediately!
  3. WATER SAFETY - Not all dogs are excellent swimmers by nature. Consider protecting your pet just as your human family -- With a life preserver.
  4. WALK DURING THE COOL PART OF THE DAY – Avoid the heat of the day. Provide plenty of fresh water to drink and a shady spot to rest. Apply sunblock to the ears and nose.
  5. LET YOUR DOG CARRY HIS OWN WATER ON HIKES – Get a doggy backpack for just this purpose. Dogs can get sick from streams and lakes, just like their people can.
  6. MICROCHIP YOUR PET – Home Again microchips are the Number 1 way to reunite you with your pet. Attach an ID tag to his collar.
  7. APPLY FLEA PREVENTATIVE EVERY MONTH – Fleas and ticks provide a real health risk. Prevention is easy!
  8. CARRY A DOGGY FIRST AID KIT - Include protective booties, bandage material, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment, eye wash, styptic powder, and any other medications your veterinarian has approved for your pet.
  9. CALL AHEAD - Check with your destination to be sure dogs are permitted. Pets are prohibited from many state and national parks.
  10. SUMMER TRAVEL – If you are traveling, it is wise to check out the veterinary hospitals in the area that you are visiting, before the need arises. When in town, keep our number handy, having it programmed into your cellphone can save you precious time during an emergency: Metropolitan Veterinary Hospital (253)274-0225

Summer Pet Safety

  • Always have fresh water available for your pets; lake and ocean water can contain contaminates and harmful organisms
  • After a swim, rinse your pet in clean water
  • Sea water can be harmful if left on the skin and coat
  • Docks and beaches can be hot and contain sharp objects. Make sure pets have booties to protect their feet
  • Pets get sunburn, too!  Children’s sunscreen is best for our four-legged friends.  Apply to nose, ears and any lightly-colored skin.  Reapply after swimming and as often as you apply it to yourself
  • Microchip your pet. This form of ID is permanent and will not wash away or fall off

First Aid Kits

Items to include: basic bandaging supplies, a thermometer, tweezers, instant ice pack, sterile eyewash, etc.  Include phone numbers and your pet's medical record (including medications and vaccination history) Visit AVMA's website for more info and to print out a checklist!

Keep Pets Safe on Boats

  • Your pet should have a personal flotation device on at all times
  • Even good swimmers can get tired
  • Make sure your pets know how to return to the boat
  • Train your pet to recognize appropriate areas to board your vessel
  • For cats, rig up a self-rescue system such as a coiled line or carpet strip hanging into the water at each corner of the boat to make it easier for an overboard cat to climb back on
  • Make sure that your pet is comfortable with all boat noises before you leave the dock
  • Do not leave pets in confined areas. The sun can increase the temperature inside your boat or car to 120º or more, even with the windows cracked
  • Secure cat litter boxes and ensure that it is immobile
  • Train your dog to use an area of Astroturf or a “potty station” for long trips at sea
  • Keep all chemicals secured and out of reach
  • Jumping in and out of the boat can cause injuries. Make sure that your pet does so safely and only with your permission

Signs of Heatstroke

  • Panting
  • Anxious expression
  • Refusal to obey commands
  • Warm, dry skin
  • Fever Rapid heartbeat
  • Vomiting
  • Collapse

First Aid For Heatstroke: Immediately move your pet out of the heat and away from the sun. Place cool, wet rags or washcloths on the body - especially the foot pads and around the head. DO NOT use ice water! When the body temperature reaches 103°, stop cooling. Offer your pet water to drink, but do not force water into it's mouth. Call or visit your vet immediately, even if your pet seems fully recovered.