Dog parks, beach outings, barbecues and long walks… summer time is for enjoying the outdoors with our pets. It’s also a time to be alert to summer hazards. Keep your pet’s play time fun and safe with these tips:
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Do you have a green thumb? Fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides might help your garden grow, but they can be toxic to your pet. Use pet-safe products or keep your dog out of the treated area until it’s safe.
Unlike humans, dogs don’t have sweat glands all over their bodies. They pant to cool down, but can still overheat and have heat stroke if they’re out too long on hot days. Dogs with flat faces, like pugs, boxers and bulldogs are especially vulnerable, because they can’t pant very well. Make sure your dog isn’t overdoing it outdoors, has shade and water, and is never left alone in a car, even with the windows down.
Despite their fur, dogs can get sunburn and skin cancer. Protect your dog’s belly, ears, nose and back with sunscreen if he will be out in the sun for a while, especially if he has white or short fur. If you groom your dog, try not to cut his coat too short. It’s another layer of protection.
While your dog might enjoy swimming or going boating with the family, keep a watchful eye on him when he’s entering or exiting the pool, boat or ocean. Those are the moments when he’s most vulnerable. Also, never force your dog to swim and if he’s a frequent boating buddy, get him a lifejacket.
More pets get lost during the summer by jumping through windows, escaping through doors and even jumping off balconies. Keep in mind that your window screen or screen door might not be enough to keep your dog from resisting the outdoors! Follow these safety tips and enjoy the dog days of summer. For the latest safety products and outdoor toys, visit Pet Supermarket.