Summer’s nearly here and whether your dog frolics in the sun or sticks to the shade, keep these summer safety tips in mind.
Dehydration – Sparky might love to play outdoors, but it’s easy to overdo it in hot weather. Make sure he stays hydrated and has fresh water available at all times.
Overheating or heat stroke – Unlike humans, dogs don’t have sweat glands all over their bodies. They pant to cool down, but can still overheat if they’re out too long on hot days. Dogs with flat faces, like pugs, boxers and bulldogs are especially vulnerable. 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.
Look out for these danger signs:
- Vigorous panting
- Lying down and unwilling to get up
- Dark red gums
- Tacky or dry gums
- Thick saliva
- Collapsing or fainting
Sunburn – Yes, dogs can get sunburned too, especially if they have short hair and fair skin. You can easily care for your canine-child by applying sunscreen to his back, head, nose and ears before going outside.
Swimming dangers – Your dog might be a natural swimmer, but it’s still best to keep an eye out when he dips in, especially as he’s entering or exiting the water. If you have a pool, consider getting a ramp that allows him to get out easily. Never force your dog to swim and if he’s a frequent boating buddy, get him a lifejacket.
Lawn and garden products 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 is safe.
Follow these tips and the dog days of summer will be full of pup fun!
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