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.
2. Keep your dog's paws cool!
3. It might be time for some sunscreen.
4. Keep your dog on a leash.
5. Don’t assume your dog can swim well!
6. Be mindful of your dog’s breed.
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.