top 10 tips to keep your dog safe this summer

top 10 tips to keep your dog safe this summer

Summer time is finally here and and it's a season we always look forward to going on more adventures, being outside, and spending more time with our furry companions. But with the summer comes higher temperatures and other dangers to be aware of.  

So we are here to help you have the best possible summer!

 

1. Ensure your dog always has access to shade and fresh drinking water.

Our dogs get much thirstier than we do when they get hot, and other than panting and drinking, they really have no way to cool themselves down. This is why it is super important for your dog to have access to fresh drinking water and to try to keep your dog in the shade as often as possible. Lot of dogs like to sunbathe too, but direct sunlight over time can overheat your dog and cause heat stroke.

2. Keep your dog's paws cool!

When the sun is cooking, surfaces like asphalt, concrete or metal can get really hot! Try to keep your dog off of hot surfaces and walk your dog in the morning or evening when the pavement isn’t so hot. Not only can it burn paws, but it can also increase body temperature and lead to overheating.

3. It might be time for some sunscreen.

Did you know that dogs can get sunburnt too? Especially those with short or light-colored coats. And just like with people, sunburns can be painful for a dog and overexposure to the sun can even lead to skin cancer. We recommend talking to your veterinarian about sunscreens for your dog - because sunscreen for people may not be appropriate for your dog.

4. Keep your dog on a leash.

Summer time means all sorts of exciting sights, scents, critters running around, and new and exciting places to adventure. If you let your dog off leash in an unfamiliar place, it can be a risky way to lose your dog. Plus, most trails, parks, and national forests have leash laws. Keeping them on leash keeps your dog safe and other animals safe as well!

5.  Don’t assume your dog can swim well!

Just because dogs instinctively know how to swim, doesn’t mean they’re good swimmers. Don't leave your dog unattended by the water (pool, lake, river, etc) and know your dog's swimming capabilities before letting them go into any deep water. If you are out boating, paddle boarding or other water activities, it's always better to get them a life vest. You can never be too safe!

6.  Be mindful of your dog’s breed.

Dogs that ahave a short head and snout, such as  BulldogsBoxersJapanese Chin, and Pekingese, have an especially hard time in the heat because they do not pant as efficiently as longer-nosed dogs.

7. Make sure your dog is protected from parasites like fleas, ticks, and mosquitoes.

It's always fun to go on adventures with your dog! But you also have to make sure they are protected from pests. If your dog isn't protected, they are at risk for heartworm, Lyme disease, and a host of other nasty and dangerous conditions. And don’t forget, many of these diseases can be caught by people too!

8. Get your doggo a kiddie pool or sprinkler to cool off!

Does your dog love the water? Fill up a kiddie pool with water for your pup to cool off in! Don’t have a kiddie pool? Lots of dogs enjoy playing with the hose or sprinklers too.

9. Watch your dog around treated lawns.

Keep dogs off lawns that have been chemically treated with fertilizer for at least 24 hours. Many of the chemicals used in lawn treatments are toxic to pets.

10. Don't EVER leave your dog in a hot car.

This one should be a given. It can take minutes – yes, MINUTES – for a dog to develop heat stroke and suffocate in a car. Most people don’t realize how hot it gets in a parked car. On a 78 degree day, for instance, temperatures in a car can reach 90 degrees in the shade and top 160 degrees if parked directly in the sun! A cracked window isn’t enough to keep a car cool. Your best bet is to leave your dog home on warm days.

Okay - there's only supposed to be 10 tips...but here's just one more:

Know your dog well and pay attention to them – you’ll know when they seem uncomfortable and know their body language.

With these tips, we hope you have a fun, adventurous and safe summer with your dog!
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