Summer safety isn’t just for humans. Your dog may want to enjoy being outdoors but you need to watch for safety hazards that can put your pooch at risk.
Here are some things you should watch out for this summer in order to protect your dog.
Dogs can get dehydrated just like people do, so make sure you always keep plenty of fresh water available for your dog to drink. Change it daily and encourage your pet to drink more. Skip the metal bowls for drinking because they can get too hot in the sun. Instead, use sturdy plastic ones.
Believe it or not, dogs can get sunburned, too. Make sure you limit your pooch’s time in the sunshine to avoid sunburn, especially if your pet has light coloured hair. Apply sunscreen to your dog’s ears and other vulnerable spots, but only use a pet-friendly sunblock that can’t be licked off.
If your pet spends most of its time outdoors, make sure he has a shady spot to stay out of the sun. If you go for walks, make sure the pavement isn’t too hot, or it could burn your dog’s paws and lead to painful blisters.
Car interiors can reach deadly temperatures during the summer, so don’t leave your dog in a parked car, no matter how quickly you’ll think that you’ll return. Your dog could overheat and even die from this intense heat, so don’t risk it. If you can’t take your dog inside with you, leave him at home.
Being outdoors can lead curious dogs to ingest things that they shouldn’t, like toxic plants, weed killers, and charcoal that might be lying around after a summer barbecue. Keep an eye on your dog and keep dangerous items out of their reach for safety’s sake.
If your dog loves to jump into your swimming pool, make sure they know how to get out safely. Their instinct tells them to turn around and get out of the swimming pool from the point at which they went in but this is not always possible. Therefore, teach your dog where and how to get out of the pool regardless of where they went in. Not all dogs like or know how to swim. If your dog appears eager to give swimming a try, let them get used to it gradually.
Fear of thunderstorms is common in dogs. Many dogs can sense a storm coming from the rapidly falling barometric pressure, so your dog may show anxiety even before the storm can be heard. Dogs can sense fear or discomfort from people, so it is important you develop a calm attitude toward storms. Let your dog stay close, and try to distract them with play. Do not try to comfort them in a sympathetic voice; this will sound like praise and may increase their nervousness and confusion. Keep windows and curtains closed to reduce noise and bright flashes. Turn on a TV or radio at normal volume to distract your dog from loud noises and help them to relax. Provide your dog with a safe place to be during storms, whether inside or out. In some cases, medication may be the best solution to help your dog cope with their fear of storms. Consult with your veterinarian about possible treatments, in conjunction with training
By taking these precautions, you and your dog can enjoy a healthier, fun-filled summertime.