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Summertime means sun, fun and a lot of outdoor playtime if you are a dog – or even a pet owner for that matter. But, no matter how fun summer is for you or your dog, there are a few safety tips that will make it carefree and safe for everyone concerned.
- Sun, shirt and shade – Apply sunscreen, slip on a shirt and wear a hat on your head. This technique works for dogs as well, especially if he is not of the short-haired variety. Put a shirt on your dog, put on some pet-safe sunscreen on his nose and ears, and make sure that he stays in the shade often – this will make sure that your pup is not affected by sunburn or heatstroke.
- Heatstroke – This is not a fun activity for anybody, especially for your dog. If you want this potential summer dampener to be nipped in the bud, make sure that your dog has easy access to shade and plenty of water. A pair of cool summer shades would not hurt either. Signs of a heatstroke include excessive drooling, panting, fever and rapid pulse.
- Grassy knolls – Dogs love to run amok and play on grassy areas. But, make sure that your pup stays in designated areas, because there is a good chance that he will ingest fertilizers from non-dog areas, which will be harmful to him. The safest bet is to take your pup to the local dog park.
- Christine’s wrath – Do not ever leave your dog in the car during the peak summer months, even if you are just going to the store for a few minutes. The heat inside the car can rapidly rise to lethal levels. So, leave him at home or take him along with you when you go shopping.
- Antifreeze – This is something that you always need to be on the lookout for. Dogs find antifreeze delicious and it can be poisonous even in very small amounts. In the summer, cars tend to overheat more and leak antifreeze. Keep an eye out for it when you are walking your dog.
- Life vest – If you are planning to take your dog out on the boat, then make sure that he knows how to swim. Keep in mind that not all the dogs know how to swim. And even if your canine companion can swim, a life vest is absolutely necessary. Rip currents can be a real killer, even for dogs that have excellent swimming abilities. You can never tell when accidents can happen when you are sailing on the high seas.
- Extra pointers – You should also make sure that your dog’s registration and ID is up-to-date. That way, even if he gets overexcited and takes off, you will be easily able to track him down. And if the day is really hot, take him for walks when it is cool – early morning or early evening is the best time. Last, but not the least, ensure that you are up to date on tick and flea medication. This is the time of the year when they come out in droves.