DOG DAYS: Protecting Your Pet This Summer
If you think the summer heat is too much to take, just think if you had to wear a FUR COAT! That’s exactly what your family dog has to do.
As summer starts, remember your best friend with these ten safety tips:
• Don’t even think of leaving your dog in the car, even for brief errands. A study from Stanford University shows that even on a relatively cool day of 72 degrees, a car’s internal temperature will reach 116 degrees Fahrenheit within 60 minutes. That can occur even if it is parked in the shade with the windows down slightly.
• Get exercise for both of you but during the summer, plan ahead and walk during the coolest part of the day.
• When walking, think about your dog’s paws. Try to stay off hot surfaces like asphalt and metal grates.
• When your dog is outside make sure there is a place in the shade to escape the scorching temperatures.
• Think of water. Make sure that your dog has unlimited access to fresh water.
• If you think it’s hot for you outside, think about wearing a fur coat! Make sure your dog has ways to cool off.
• Find time to play but do it smartly. Combine some quality time and cool off at the same time with a game of playing with the hose in your yard.
• Fleas, ticks and heartworms thrive during summer. Check with your vet for the best way to prevent/treat these parasites.
• If your dog has a heavy coat, consider having them trimmed for the summer. If they have a light/sparse coat, apply sunscreen to your dog’s skin.
• Be aware if the signs of heatstroke: excessive panting and salivating, excessive thirst, red skin, pale gums, dizziness, lethargy and unconsciousness.