10 Summer Safety Tips for Dogs
The summer sun and scorching temperatures aren’t the only dangers our furry friends have to contend with. There’s also the risks posed by insects, chemicals and a host of other toxins. Here are 10 summer safety tips for dogs to keep your fur-baby healthy and happy all through the season.
1. Groom your dog throughout the summer
Make sure to keep your dog’s fur and nails trimmed during the summer months. Too much fur can make it easier for dogs to overheat, for fur to become matted, and for bugs to stake a claim in the furry confines of your dog’s coat. Keeping your dog’s nails trimmed will help limit torn nails, which can easily become infected.
2. Make sure your dog has plenty of water to drink
Always provide a bowl of fresh water to keep your dog well hydrated. If you’re travelling in the summer, bring double the amount of water that you think you may need to ensure that your dog has continual access to water.
3. Never leave your dog in the car
Temperatures in cars can rise quickly so make sure to take your dog with you when you exit the car. If you must leave your dog in the vehicle, be sure to leave the windows down, which will allow the air to circulate.
4. Provide your dog with plenty of shade
Whether you’re on the beach or in a park, make sure that your dog has access to shade at all times. Dogs can get sunburned just like humans, so it’s vital that they have protection from the sun’s harsh rays.
5. Protect your dog’s paws from hot surfaces
Hot concrete and asphalt can easily burn a dog’s paws. Limit the time spent on both surfaces and spend more time on grass and cool sand. Be sure to look at your dog’s paws to check for discolouration, cuts, and bruises.
6. Leave the dogs at home during fireworks displays
If you’re headed out to watch a summer fireworks display, it’s best to leave your dog at home. The loud noises, nighttime lighting conditions, and huge crowds can cause your dog to become disorientated.
7. Know the signs of heat stress in dogs
The signs of heat stress in dogs include excessive panting or difficulty breathing, increased heart and respiratory rate, drooling, mild weakness, stupor, or even collapse. If your dog is experiencing any of these symptoms, head to the shade, grab cold water, and apply cool, wet towels to the dog to cool her off. Call your vet for added safety.
8. Steer clear of fertilizers
Some fertilizers and lawn care products can cause an allergic reaction in dogs. Speak with your vet about what types of lawn care products are best to use. Always keep chemical bottles off the ground to keep dogs from accidentally ingesting them and becoming sick.
9. Watch out for picnic handouts
Remember that the food at picnics and potlucks is for humans only. Avoid giving handouts or leftovers to your dog to help keep her stomach happy and healthy.
10. Protect your dog against fleas and ticks
Fleas and other bugs can carry infections and cause your dog to get sick. Avoid bug bites by giving your dog a vet-recommended regimen. Whether it’s drops, special shampoo, or a simple brush-through, you’ll ensure your dog’s safety no matter what insects may be buzzing around this summer.