DOG DAYS: Protecting Your Pet This Summer

Jun 25, 2013
Protect your pets!

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.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Katherine Hoffmann | Jun 30, 2013 18:38

About leaving your dog in the car... I see people doing this at QFC with no shade in the parking lot. WHY can't we have a city ordinance against this practice???? Please?

K. Hoffmann

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