Most of us look forward to summer – especially those of us with dogs. It’s a chance to get out there and spend time with our favorite furry friend. However, if we’re not careful, summer time can turn into something dangerous instead of the heat-filled fun it’s supposed to be. In this article, we take a look at some sure-fire ways to help keep your dog safe this summer.
Plenty of water
Give your dog plenty of water so he/she is not thirsty and avoids dehydration. How much is plenty? That depends on the size and breed of your dog.
Do not leave them in a parked car
If you need to travel with your dog in the car, consider protecting your pride and joy with a cover. Never leave your dog in the car on its own. If it’s 70 degrees outside it will be 90 degrees in the car. Dogs can die from this. People passing by are within their rights to call 911 and you may even be charged and end up with a criminal record.
Look out for overheating
Symptoms include excessive panting, drooling, weakness or collapsing. Check out our article on how to avoid doggy heatstroke.
Avoid hot asphalt
Surfaces can get very hot in the summer. Be careful your dog does not get burnt feet! Carpal pad injuries are painful for dogs and can potentially be quite serious.
Do not leave them alone near a pool
Your dog might be tempted to go for a swim, become trapped and drown. They may also try to drink the chlorinated water. You should always take extra care to keep your dog safe around any body of water.
Keeping your dog safe on a hot day might seem like it’s easy and it just requires some common sense. It is! Just be sure to think about what you do and make sensible choices. Couple that with the tips above and you should have the recipe to enjoy your summer without disaster.