Keep your pet safe all summer long with these valuable tips.

Start your summer off on the right paw with pet insurance from Nationwide®.

Summer is arriving at last! Here are some tips to prep your pet for the sunnier days to come.

Pet safety reminders for summertime fun

  • 43% of all the claims we receive for snake bites are submitted in the summer months.1 Keep your pet leashed and be mindful of what snakes might be in your area and where they like to hide, including areas with tall grasses, under rock piles or other debris and near water.
  • Pet allergy claims also spike in the summer months. If left untreated, seasonal allergies can exacerbate conditions like asthma. Talk to your veterinarian if you notice excessive itching, skin irritation, difficulty breathing, wheezing or coughing.
  • Keep your pet cool when the mercury rises. Exercise during the cooler morning and evening hours, and make sure your pet always has access to fresh water and a cool place to rest.

For pets travelling with you on summertime adventures, here are some travel tips:

  • Pets should always be secured in the car with a restraint (crate, carrier or car seat) for safety.
  • Be aware of local health hazards at your destination, including wildlife and environmental toxins.
  • Ensure your pet is vaccinated against any transmissible diseases and up to date on their preventives.
  • Never leave your pet unattended in a vehicle no matter how temperate it may seem!

Be ready when the 4th of July fireworks start

The most fur-ightful day of the year for many pets isn’t Halloween, it’s the 4th of July. Our pets’ ears are sensitive, which means loud noises—including fireworks, thunderstorms, trash trucks and even the vacuum cleaner—can cause some pets intense alarm and stress.

If your pet shows these signs when loud sounds occur, they may have noise phobia:

  • Shaking, cowering or hiding
  • Restlessness
  • Destructiveness
  • Panting or vocalizing more than usual
  • Refusal to go outside

[1] 2023 Nationwide claims data. Products underwritten by Veterinary Pet Insurance Company (CA), Columbus, OH; National Casualty Company (all other states), Columbus, OH. Agency of Record: DVM Insurance Agency. All are subsidiaries of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. Subject to underwriting guidelines, review and approval. Products and discounts not available to all persons in all states. Insurance terms, definitions and explanations are intended for informational purposes only and do not in any way replace or modify the definitions and information contained in individual insurance contracts, policies or declaration pages, which are controlling. Nationwide, the Nationwide N and Eagle, and Nationwide is on your side are service marks of Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company. ©2024 Nationwide. 24CRS9910.

Your veterinary healthcare team can help suggest ways to keep your pet calm throughout the holiday celebrations, so their noise phobia can be safely and successfully managed.

  1. Schedule an appointment: Your vet will want to discuss your pet’s history and signs before making recommendations. If you have Nationwide pet insurance, you also get free unlimited, 24/7 virtual pet care through VetHelpline® who can guide you.
  2. Discuss treatment options: Prescription medications or over-the-counter options might be right for your pet. All Nationwide-insured pet owners can save when filling pet prescriptions at any in-store Walmart or Sam’s Club pharmacy.
  3. Be patient: It could take time for prescriptions to be filled (or to take full effect), and remedies may require some trial and error to get your pet comfortable.

Stay ready for anything this summer season with Nationwide pet insurance.

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