Most of us look forward to summer because of its great warm weather. We get to go out with family and friends to enjoy some sun and summer activities. Dogs also enjoy the outdoors during this season. However, there are several hazards that you need to watch out for in order to keep them safe.
Here are some summer safety tips that every dog owner should know:
Ensure Your Dog Wears Proper Identification Before Going Out
The more time you spend outdoors with your best friend during summer, the higher the chances of him running off and possibly getting lost. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to ensure that he has a collar with your updated contacts on it before heading out. However, since collars might come off, having your pet microchipped is even better.
Never Leave Your Beloved Dog Locked In A Hot Car
I’m sure you’ve heard of the numerous cases of children who’ve died while locked up in hot cars. This can happen to your dog too if you lock him up in the car during hot summer months. So, don’t do it. It’s much better to leave him at home if pets aren’t allowed where you’re going. If you must carry him along, bring a friend or family member who will watch over him while you run your errands.
Provide Plenty of Shade and Water
Also, make sure you carry enough clean water for him (and you too) to drink. That’s because excessive heat during summer can cause dehydration in dogs, so he needs plenty of drinking water throughout the day to keep cool and hydrated. Since prolonged exposure to heat can cause dogs to develop heat stroke, it’s also very important that you find a shade for your canine friend to relax after playing in the sun for hours. Heat stroke is a medical emergency that can be fatal if not handled immediately by a veterinarian. Some symptoms of this condition in dogs include vomiting, heavy panting, lethargy, change of color of the gums (to bright red or white), difficulty in breathing, excessive drooling as well as balance problems. If your pet is exhibiting any of these symptoms, call a vet immediately. While waiting for him to come, remove your pet from the hot environment to help cool him down.
Don’t Let Him Drink Seawater
While enjoying the outdoors, make sure you keep an eye on what your dog does. If you’re on the beach, ensure he doesn’t drink sea water as it can cause serious dehydration and vomiting. This is the more reason why you need to carry clean drinking water for him.
Keep Him Cool With A Hose or Kiddie Pool
You can keep your pet cool at home during summer by spraying water on him with a sprinkler or hose. Most dogs enjoy playing with water sprinklers or hoses, so you’ll be killing two birds with one stone. Alternatively, if you have a kiddie pool, fill it with water and let your puppy or adult dog play inside there while cooling himself off.
Avoid Vigorous Exercises
Lastly, you also need to avoid engaging your pet in strenuous exercises when it’s extremely hot and humid. If possible, keep the exercise sessions short. On the same note, you don’t have to take your dog out for daily walks when it’s extremely hot. It’s much better to wait for the sun to subside before heading out or find something that both of you can enjoy indoors. With these safety tips in mind, it should be much easier for you to keep your dog safe during summer.