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Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe and Healthy this Summer

Red Cross - Central New Jersey - Summer Pet Tips
The Red Cross has tips, apps and courses to help keep your pets safe and healthy this summer.

Summer is here and for many pets that means it’s time for Frisbee in the park, trips to the beach and plenty of outdoor fun. The American Red Cross has tips, apps and first aid courses to help pet owners keep their furry friends safe and healthy this summer.


  • Make sure your pet has plenty of fresh, cool water.
  • Know the signs of heat stroke – heavy panting, unable to calm down, brick red gum color, fast pulse rate, unable to get up. If you suspect heat stroke, take your pet’s temperature rectally. If it is above 105 degrees Fahrenheit, cool the animal down. You can use a water hose. When the temperature reaches 103 degrees, stop cooling and take your pet to the vet immediately.
  • Never leave your pet inside your vehicle, even for a short time. Temperatures can quickly climb to 120 degrees which can quickly lead to heat stroke.
  • As temperatures rise and you keep the doors and windows of your home open, keep an eye on pets that may try to get outside and be injured from a fall from a window or hit by a vehicle.
  • KNOW WHICH PLANTS ARE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR PET Some plants and flowers can be hazardous for your pet. Visit the ASPCA Poison Control website to find out which plants and flowers are poisonous to animals. If you think your animal is ill or may have ingested a poisonous substance, contact your veterinarian.

    DOWNLOAD THE PET FIRST AID APP The Red Cross Pet First Aid app puts veterinary advice for everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand. Available for iPhone and Android devices, the Pet First Aid App has simple step-by-step advice to help cat and dog owners respond to more than 25 common pet first aid emergencies. With videos, interactive quizzes and more, it’s never been easier to know pet first aid.

    TAKE A PET FIRST AID COURSE Red Cross Pet First Aid courses teaches dog and cat owners how to provide prompt, effective first aid actions and emergency care until veterinary assistance is available. Participants will learn how to perform CPR on cats and dogs. To register for a Pet First Aid course near you, visit,

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