Pet Summer Safety Tips

At Paws en route, we care for the safety and well-being of all our loved furry friends! We are very excited to announce our partnership with U.S. based Center for PetSafety and its PAWS UP for Safety program.

The Center for Pet Safety works on behalf of pet owners to independently ensure the safety of pet products and educate them about pet safety with their newly formed PAWSUP for Safety program. As a leader in reliable and safe pet services, Paws en route is leading the Canadian rollout of the PAWS UP for Safety® campaign to educate pet owners on how to keep their pets safe while traveling near or far.

“As pet safety is our biggest priority at Paws en route and the purpose behind our business, leading the PAWS UP for Safety program in Canada was a natural fit,” says Dacia Rohlehr, founder, and CEO of Paws en route. “We want to do everything we can to help pet parents get their beloved furry family member where they need to go safely and conveniently.”

With pet ownership continuing to rise, it’s a good time to educate the public about howto keep pets safe, healthy, and happy this summer.

“With rising temperatures, more regular outdoor activity and travel plans, summer is the ideal time to remind ourselves of important pet safety skills,” says Lindsey Wolko, Center for Pet Safety founder. “We feel excited and fortunate to be able to expand our PAWS UP for Safety program into Canada with Paws en route, who operate with the same mission of protecting pets and people who love them.”

Here are some summer pet safety tips from Paws en route and PAWS UP for Safety:

For Summer Fun

Always Carry Water: Heatstroke is a real danger to pets on hot days -especially short nosed breeds. If you feel hot, so does your dog. If you notice your pet panting excessively, staggering, or becoming listless, check their gums. Bright red or grey gums mean that your pet needs emergency treatment.

Watch Where They Walk: Hot pavement can burn pets’ paws. If the pavement is too hot for you to go barefoot, it’s too hot for them. Stick to grassy areas if you must go out and keep their time outside short.

Remember, Hot Cars Kill: Never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle at anytime for any reason. Heatstroke can be deadly and happens in minutes.

Be Cautious from Poolside to Seaside: Remember small pets can drown in as little as 2” of water. If your pet isn’t used to the water, consider leaving them at home. If you choose to use a life jacket for your pet, select one with bright colours and a grab handle on the back.


Travel Tips

Car Safety: Always secure your pet in a Center for Pet Safety Certified crash tested restraint when in a vehicle. Restraining your pets during travel could save both their life and yours if a crash occurs.

What to Pack: Before you travel, locate a veterinary medical provider near your travel destination. When traveling, don’t forget to bring extra collars,leashes, toys, medication, food and water bowls. First Aid kits are important too: Download the PAWS UP! For Safety guide to creating a first aid kit for your pet.

Always Remember

Make sure your pets are micro-chipped and up-to-date with their vaccinations,flea, tick and heart worm treatments. Summer weather brings more exposure to pests, so ensure that your pets are protected.

No matter where you are or traveling to, keep Canada beautiful, clean up after your pet, properly dispose of animal waste and obey leash laws.

Bring pictures of you with your pets so you can verify ownership if they get lost.

Are you interested in learning more about Paws en route or our collaboration with Center for Pet Safety and its PAWS UP for Safety program? Visit our website, download our app or send us an email at



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