Summer can bring a whole host of challenges when it comes to keeping your pet safe, but these tips will help you know what to do. Here are some sizzling summer safety tips for your dog that you’ll both appreciate.
Whether you’re hitting the beach or sitting by the pool, don’t forget safety! Poor swimmers may need extra help, so keep an eye on your pet at all times. Consider buying a pet life vest for your pooch if you’ll be in deep water. Also, don’t forget to provide plenty of fresh water for your pet to drink, since pool water, lake water, and ocean water are NOT suitable choices.
Believe it or not, dogs can get sunburn, too, especially those with short, light-colored coats. Thankfully, there are pet-safe sunscreens you can buy (check with your vet). You can also prevent sunburn by keeping your pet out of the sun as much as possible during the day. Use shade, avoid the sun during the hottest hours (10-4), or just stay indoors with your pet.
Summer often means traveling with your pet, so make sure you take precautions while you’re traveling. Use a crate or harness to secure your pet in your car while driving to minimize the risk of injury in case of sudden stops or accidents. Make sure you stop regularly to let your pet have a drink and use the bathroom, but never leave your pet in the car alone. Even short periods of time in a hot car can be deadly for dogs, so make sure you take your pet out with you when you stop.
It can be easy to forget just how hot the ground can be during the summer, especially the pavement. Be sure to check the temperature of the surface your dog will be walking on with your own foot or hand. If it’s too hot for you to walk on without shoes, it’s too hot for your dog. You can try putting your pet in slippers or shoes, or you can just wait until the evening when it’s cooler out, but don’t risk burning your pet’s feet for a walk--it’s not worth it.
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