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Spring / Summer Pet Safety Tips
Summer is a time for both you and your pet to enjoy the sunshine and be outdoors. Along with the fun, the season also offers up some situations that can endanger your pet. By taking the necessary precautions, you can decrease the chance that disaster will happen. The Humane Society of the United States offers some guidance for pet owners to keep their furry friends safe this summer.

Never Leave Your Pet in the Car
In nice weather you may be tempted to take your pet with you in the car while you travel or do errands. But during warm weather, the inside of your car can reach 120 degrees in a matter of minutes, even if you're parked in the shade. This can mean real trouble for your companion animals left in the car. Dogs and cats can't perspire and can only dispel heat by panting and through the pads of their feet. Pets that are left in hot cars even briefly can suffer from heat exhaustion, heat stroke, brain damage and can even die. Don't think that just because you'll be gone for only a minute that your pet will be safe while you're gone. Even an air-conditioned car with the motor off isn't healthy for your pet.

To avoid any chance that your pet will succumb to the heat of a car this summer, be sure to play it safe by leaving your pet cool and refreshed at home while you're on the road. If you do happen to see a pet in a car alone during the hot summer months, alert local animal control office or the Police Department immediately. With a little care, we can all enjoy this season together here in Vienna.

Tips for Bringing Your Pet to Public Events in the Heat
The Town of Vienna has an abundance of outdoor activities for you and your family to enjoy during the summer months. In most cases, the town does not prohibit animals at these events. However, pet owners are encouraged to leave their pets refreshed at home instead of bringing them out in the heat. You can still have fun with your pet this summer, but should do so while being careful. Helpful tips include:
  • Remember to provide plenty of cool, fresh water and shade.
  • Limit a pet's sun and heat exposure during the middle of the day.
  • Dark colored dogs can become overheated very quickly. Take them out of the sun if they feel hot to your touch.
  • Be very aware of hot pavement.