Top 6 Summer Safety Tips for Dogs
The days of summer are already here and so are the outdoor activities and the hot weather! With the upcoming picnics, BBQs, camping trips, and trips to the beach or lake, please don’t forget to make our pets’ safety a priority!
Here are a few important safety tips to remember:
DO NOT leave your dog in a hot car!!
A cracked window isn’t enough to keep a car cool. A lot of people don’t realize how hot it gets in parked cars but it only take minutes for dogs develop heat stroke and suffocate in a car. Studies show that in 30 minutes, the inside of a car can jump at least 35 degrees! If it is 85 degrees outside, that means it can get up to 120 degrees in the car in just 30 minutes!!
Protected your dog from pests
Ticks and mosquitoes are more common in the summertime. Talk to your vet about the different preventatives available. After spending time outside, it is always a good idea to do a thorough skin check on your dog after coming inside, just like how you would check them for fleas. A Neck Gaiter can come in handy as it can keep your pup cool and repeal insects! Check post for more info about Neck Gaiters: LINK
Don’t drink from oceans, lakes or pools
Seawater is not good for dogs as it can cause dehydration and vomiting, plus it’s not good for humans either! Water at the lakes or pools may contain harmful bacteria as well. It is always a good idea to always bring fresh water with you.
Spending a lot of time outdoors increases the risk of your dog running off or getting lost. Make sure your dog has a collar with your contact information on it. Also, it might be a good idea to consider having your dog micro-chipped, just in case they lose their collar.
Keep the pup cool
Sidewalks and streets (asphalt) or metal can get really hot when the sun is blazing outside! Try to keep your dog off of those hot surfaces as it doesn’t just burn their paws, but their body temperature can increase which can lead to overheating. If you plan on taking your pup outside in the hot heat, consider bringing a cooling pad or a cooling collar with you. Your furry friend will appreciate it! Check this post to learn more about cooling pads: LINK
Drink plenty of water
Typically, dogs are recommended at least an ounce of water per pound a day. During the summer since the weather gets hotter, you provide more than this to be sure that your best pal is getting plenty of water. Dogs may not lose much water through sweat, but they will by drooling. Drinking plenty of water will help them stay cool so keep refilling their bowl with fresh, clean, cold water daily.