Rover.com, an online marketplace for pet care, recently released its summer safety guide, a resource guide designed to help both pandemic pet parents and seasoned owners navigate everything that comes with summer.
Each summer safety topic features expert insights from Rover’s Dog People Panelists and a downloadable graphic with tips for pet parents to keep in mind during 4th of July, backyard parties, road trips and on outdoor adventures.
Categories include fireworks, barbecues and food safety, socialization and outdoor adventures.
Fireworks can cause stress for pets. According to a Rover survey, more than half (51%) of dog owners say their pet is scared of fireworks, and nearly half (45%) of respondents saying they are actively looking for new tricks/tips to help their pet cope with firework stress.
Food safety is also a concern for many pet owners during the summer. 18% of pet parents say they’ve unknowingly given their dog unsafe food from a cookout that made their pet sick.
Summer travel plans can cause anxiety for both people and their pets. According to the Rover survey, 1 in 5 dog owners have never been away from their dog for more than a few hours (less than one full day), and nearly three-quarters (72%) of dog owners are concerned about their dog’s separation anxiety when they leave for vacation/traveling.
While it’s great to be outdoors with one’s pets, nearly one-third (31%) of respondents said their dog isn’t comfortable in crowded and busy spaces, such as outdoor restaurants or breweries. Summer also brings questions about whether a dog is a swimmer, and algae blooms remain a concern for dog owners (29%).
To access the complete summer safety guide and expert insights from Rover’s Dog People Panel, please visit here.