Summer Safety Tips for your Dog

April 04, 2018

Summer Safety Tips for your Dog

Summer is finally coming and we all love to spend time outdoors with our family and furry companions, but the heat can be a danger to your pups! Here are some tips for preventing your dog from overheating.

1 - Keep Fresh Clean Water With You

Keep an unlimited amount of fresh, clean water when it is humid or hot outside. As well as a shady place to get out of the sun, to prevent possible overheating and sunburn. Yes, dogs can sunburn too!

2 - Don't leave them in the car

Do not ever leave your pet in a hot parked car. It can lead to a fatal heat stroke and it is illegal in several states!

3 - Keep them off from hot surfaces

When walking, try to keep your pup off hot surfaces, like asphalt, because it can burn your dogs paws. If it is too hot for your hands, then it is too hot for your dogs paws.

 

4 - Take walks during the cooler hours

Try to take walks during the cooler hours of the day. If your dog has a lot of fur or a flat face, it is better to walk them around sunrise, sunset, or even after sunset. Dogs with flat faces have a harder time breathing and they can overheat faster, as well as dogs with more fur will overheat faster.

 

5 - Don't leave them unsupervised around pools

Do not leave your dog unsupervised around pools. Depending on the type of pools, salt water or chlorine, both are not good for your dog to drink. Salt water can dehydrate your dog. Chlorine and pool chemicals need to be washed off your dogs when leaving the pool and do not let them drink it!

 

6 - Look at your dog 

Symptoms to look out for with overheating, this includes excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, or even collapse. Symptoms can also include seizures, diarrhea, and vomit along with an elevated body temperature of over 104 degrees.

 

Following these tips will help you and your pup stay safe in the heat this summer! Hydration is important for you and your dog, so don’t forget when taking your dog with you, to pack plenty of water for you all.
 
Stay safe and don’t leave your best friend behind!




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