While summer is great for dogs, giving them more time outside and often much more exercise, summer activities bring risks, too. Here are 8 easy tips to ensure a safe and happy pet this summer:
- Stay up-to-date on flea and tick medications. Your pet should not be outdoors without proper protection.
- Use proper restraints when traveling by car. Accidents can prove seriously dangerous—and often fatal—to unrestrained pets.
- If you chain or pen your dog during them summer, make sure there is adequate shade and water.
- Do NOT leave your pet in the car. Cracking a window open will not prevent temperatures from rising to unbearable degrees—it’s cruel and could be fatal.
- Bring water when you travel with your pet. The heat and excitement of car travel and outdoor play leaves pets thirsty and exhausted—they need plenty of water to stay hydrated.
- Avoid walking or playing on very hot blacktop or pavement. Your pet’s paw-pads are sensitive—don’t risk burning them.
- Not all dogs can swim—make sure to keep pool areas secure and watch your pet closely while in the water. Limit swimming time, too, as exhaustion can lead to drowning.
- Dogs just can’t handle the heat as well as humans—even mild temperatures can put your pet at risk for heat stroke. Make sure you can recognize heatstroke symptoms: frantic, raspy, or excessive panting; thick saliva and drooling; sluggishness; unresponsiveness; and possible vomiting.