The summer months are for swimming, hiking, barbecuing and hanging out with the pups. As fun as summertime is, we sometimes forget that safety is number one when it comes to dogs. Keep these tips in mind to avoid hazards and live a carefree summer with your best friend!
Keep Them Cool
If a place is too warm for you, it’s definitely too warm for an animal with fur! Dogs are prone to heat exhaustion in the warmer months, so watch for these signs:
Dry or bright red gums
Never leave your dog in the car even if it’s just for a few minutes. Temperatures can rise very quickly in a car in the summer. Also be aware of hot asphalt on their paws. Try to walk them during the early morning or late evening when the cement has cooled down.
Avoid Water Hazards
Just because most dogs instinctively know how to swim doesn’t mean they know how to get out of a body of water after they’ve jumped in. When near a pool, lake, ocean or stream, be sure to provide your dog with a brightly colored doggie life jacket in order to help them stay visible and afloat. If you have a pool that they may sneak into, be sure to teach them how to exit the water by using the stairs. Make them jump in and climb up the stairs 5 to 10 times in a row to help them learn where they are.
Keep Pests Away
Dogs can get bit by fleas, ticks and mosquitoes just like humans. Protect them from these bites, heartworm, Lyme disease and other diseases by getting them the appropriate medical prescriptions from the vet. Also be sure to get them a pet-friendly insect repellent that can be used on their paws.
Stay Clear of Fireworks
Although many dogs are extremely frightened of the bursts of light and loud booms that fireworks give off, it’s the aftermath that you need to be aware of. Fireworks are made with chemicals that can poison a dog if they eat it. If you or a neighbor is putting on your own fireworks display, be sure to clean up the debris before letting your dog into the yard.
Keep Them Hydrated
Prevent dehydration by providing your dog with constant access to cool water inside and outside. Place a few water bowls around the house and yard to allow them to have access to it at all times. You may even want to switch from dry dog food to wet dog food in the hotter months to increase their fluid intake. Watch out for the same signs as heat exhaustion.