The summer is in full swing and it’s time for fun outdoor games in the sun. As fun as they are, these outdoor activities pose a few risks to Fido, whether he’s a frisky puppy or a tame senior.
Follow our basic tips to avoid a few summer hazards.
Dehydration – Dogs love to play outdoors, but they can overdo it in hot weather. Make sure your doggie is hydrated because he’ll feel more intense heat at his level, closer to the pavement, than you will.
Heatstroke – We know you’ve heard this before, but it bears repeating… never leave your dog in the car. Even with the windows down, a car can reach oven-like temperatures that are fatal to Fido. Leave him at home instead or have someone stay in the air-conditioned car with him.
Signs of heat stroke:
- Vigorous panting
- Lying down and unwilling to get up
- Dark red gums
- Tacky or dry gums
- Thick saliva
- Collapsing or fainting
Sunburn – Believe it or not, dogs get sunburned too, especially if they have short hair and fair skin. You can easily care for your canine by applying sunscreen to his back, head, nose and ears before going outside.
Overwhelming crowds – Large outdoor events are often overwhelming and could lead to injuries, dehydration or exhaustion more easily. Another risk comes from your dog eating unhealthy food or trash left on the ground. Stick to less-crowded areas or limit his time at the event.
Swimming dangers – Since your dog might not be a natural swimmer, stick close when he dips in. If you have a pool, think about buying a ramp so he can get out if he falls into the deep end. Going to the beach? Watch for undertows and jellyfish. Also, keep him from drinking salt water, which is dehydrating. Pet Supermarket carries a wide selection of doggie life preservers for different sized dogs to help make your dog’s day in the water safe, and fun!
Getting lost – With more outside playtime, your pup might try to get away to visit your furry neighbors. Now’s the time to make sure your yard is fully secure and his ID tag has a current phone number. A microchip ID is also a good idea.
Protect your dog from these hazards and he’ll be sure to have a safe, fun summer outdoors.
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