Are Pets Meant to Stay Outdoors?

Dog enjoying the outdoors.

Welcoming a new pet into your family is an exciting time, and if your home includes plenty of green space, you might wonder if it’s okay to keep your cat or dog outside. After all, we enjoy the Florida sunshine and fresh air, so our pets probably do too, right?

Cats certainly do their fair share of sunbathing on warm window ledges, and most dogs thoroughly enjoy playtime at the dog park, but the great outdoors simply isn’t the safest place to leave domestic pets unattended.

The team at Animal Medical Center wants all pets to live long, healthy lives, and we’ve compiled some important considerations to keep in mind if you’re thinking of having an outdoor cat or an outdoor dog.

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How to Keep Your Pet’s Paws Safe This Summer

Dog drinking water on a hot day.

The summer sun is great for pool parties and lazy days at the beach, but when the mercury rises, so do the chances of your pet’s paws being burned by hot surfaces. Sidewalks, pavement, and beach sand can get much hotter than the ambient temperature, which leaves those precious paw pads vulnerable to burns and blisters. 

Your pet’s paws deserve pampering year-round, but special precautions are necessary in the summer heat. At Animal Medical Center, we want you and your pets to enjoy a fun-filled summer with plenty of outdoor time together. We’ve put together some practical suggestions for keeping pets—and their paws—safe and healthy. 

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