Summer is approaching quickly and this Memorial Day weekend is the kickoff to our outdoor, warm weather activities. Now is the perfect time to talk about how to keep your dog safe this summer.
We all love summertime, especially our dogs! It’s time to go camping, swimming, go for hikes and just play outside while soaking up some sunshine and sniffing things. However, summer activities can come with a risk to our dogs.
Here are some helpful tips on how to keep your dog safe this summer:
Learn the signs of heat stroke and how to prevent it and treat it. Watch for excessive panting and discomfort and be aware of the temperature. Be sure to provide adequate shade and water. If your dog is showing signs of heat stroke, remove him from the heat immediately and get him cooled off by running cool water over his body or put him in a cool tub of water making sure to keep his head elevated and apply a cold pack to his head. Seek veterinary care ASAP!
DO NOT EVER LEAVE YOUR DOG IN A HOT CAR OR EVEN A WARM CAR – EVER!!! JUST DON’T DO IT!
Do not leave your dog outside in your yard if it is very hot outside. Dogs are family and should be safely inside with a fan or AC and plenty of clean, cool water.
Dogs sometimes try to lick the meat juices off the hot grill or take sticks out of the campfire. This is very bad. Carefully supervise your dog and keep him on a short leash around the grill and campfire.
3 – Leave your dog at home when you go to see fireworks.
Loud booms and bangs are terrifying to dogs and they can run away when they get frightened and get lost or get hit by a car. You should leave your dog at home in a quiet room with calming music. If you absolutely cannot leave your dog at home during the fireworks, make sure that he has a tag with your phone number in case he runs away and keep him on a short leash so he doesn’t run away or get hurt.
4 – Make sure to keep you dog away from dangerous foods at your BBQ and do not allow guests to feed your dog.
A lot of those delicious BBQ foods are very dangerous or deadly to dogs. Feeding your dog fatty meats can cause pancreatitis. Common garnish such as onion are toxic to dogs.
5 – Do not walk your dog on hot asphalt or concrete.
If the ground is too hot for your bare feet, it is too hot for your dog’s. Paw pad burns are very painful and easily become infected.
Provide unrestricted, clean cool water and encourage your dog to drink often.
7 – Don’t forget sunscreen.
If your dog is going to be in the sun, please apply some sunscreen. Dogs get sunburned just like you and me and those sunburns can lead to skin cancer. Just make sure that you use a sun screen that is specifically made for your dog as some ingredients in human sunscreens can be toxic to your dog.
8 – Protect your dog from parasites.
Don’t forget to give your dog those heart worm pills and use that flea and tick treatments! Also, please keep your dog’s vaccinations up to date.
9 – Always closely supervise your dog around water.
Dogs love to swim and it is great exercise for them but please make sure that you are carefully supervising and that you are always be in a position to get him out of the water quickly if necessary.
10 – Do not use chemicals on your lawn.
If you must use products on your lawn, please consider safer organic options such as seaweed, grass clippings, manure or blood meal.