Hello! Today I wanted to share with you a few tips to keep your dogs safe during the summer. It was inspired by an incident that happened today when I went to my local bank. I noticed a dog locked in a hot car and when I came out of the bank later, the dog was still locked up! I called the police and they rescued the dog before it was too late. Luckily, the dog had no permanent damage but it still angered me that somebody could be so heartless and irresponsible. That being said, here are some basic summer safety tips for your dog!
- First, you should regularly provide flea, tick, and worm preventatives for your dog. Summer, especially here in coastal Virginia, means all sorts of bugs! It’s important to provide monthly flea and tick treatment for your dogs. Also, make sure you are giving them a heartworm preventative. I’ve fostered several dogs that had heartworms and it is so sad to see them suffer!
- Second, you should be careful about the temperature the pavement or sidewalk. Try walking in the grass, if you can and make sure you check your dog’s paws after walking! Burns from a hot sidewalk can be very painful on the pads of a dog’s paw.
- If you are taking your dog out and about, bring water! There are so many collapsible water bowls that make bringing water for your dog easy! Don’t let them drink out of puddles because dogs can get nasty diseases like Giardia. If you are at a park with a communal water bowl for dogs, be careful. Not everyone deworms or properly cares for their dog and they might be spreading nasty diseases around.
- Please, do not shave your dog! Their fur actually keeps their skin from heating up. Shaving your dog for the summer could actually cause harm! If you are thinking about getting a dog, try to adopt a breed that does well in the climate you live in. For example, Huskies are snow dogs so a southern summer may not be comfortable for them!
- Finally, please do not lock your dogs in a hot area with no way of keeping cool. That means cars, sheds, and garages. If you are leaving your dog in a garage for the day, provide some sort of way of cooling down such as fans and fresh water. If you can’t bring your dogs into the stores you are going to, leave them home! It only takes a few minutes for a car to heat up on a hot summer day. It may be 90 degrees outside but it will be several degrees hotter in a car. Cracking the windows won’t help if there is no air flow!
These are my tips for keeping your dog safe in the summer. I am not a professional but these are ways I keep my three dogs safe. Do you have any tips for keeping a dog healthy and happy in the summer heat?