Keep your Pet Safe This Summer

July 23, 2012

Summer is a fun time for you and your furry companions. You can swim, go on walks, have picnics, play fetch, go to the park, and so much more together, but are you aware that there are hazards for your dog in the summer? Here are a few tips to keep your pup safe and enjoy everything the summer has to offer:

  • Some dogs may be heat sensitive. Larger dogs, dogs with flat faces, older dogs, and overweight dogs tend to be more sensitive than other types of dogs. Always read your dog when they’re in the heat and their actions should tell you if they are okay or if they need some air conditioning.
  • For dogs with a thick coat, consider cutting their hair a couple of inches, but not too close to the skin or they can be susceptible to sunburn.
  • Avoid exercising your dog in the heat or a potential heat stroke could occur.
  • This may seem like common sense but DON’T LEAVE YOUR DOGS IN PARKED CARS!
  • If you leave your dog outside during the day, make sure that they have a nice shady spot to get away from the sun.
  • If your pup is overheated, don’t go straight for the ice water, but slowly cool down his temperature with cool water or wet towels and a fan facing them.
  • Yes, dogs get sunburn too so keep your pups from contracting sunburn and melanoma by rubbing sunscreen on their bellies and noses.

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