Summer season is a wonderful time to do some outdoor activities and have some fun with your family and friends. From picnics, being at the beach, swimming, and many more!
However, the summer season also poses some dangers to our canine buddies.
As the temperature goes up, check out the following to keep your fur baby safe this summer.
If your dog has been in the heat and then it pants excessively, not moving, and seems tired, itis possible that it is experiencing a heatstroke. Heatstroke can be fatal to a dog if not given attention immediately.
Go to the veterinarian immediately if you think that your dog is having a heatstroke. While on your way, make your dog’s mouth moist with water including his paws and body. This will help your dog’s temperature to get low and normal.
It is also advisable that you used water with a room temperature instead of a cooled one. Keeping your dog hydrated is also important.
Ticks are nasty enemies during the summer season. Your dog can get them when it is out in the field with grasses that have ticks.
Although small in size, ticks can bring serious illnesses to your dog such as the Lyme disease. Check your fur baby’s fur and body after being in the outside and make sure to remove the ticks if you found one. Also, make sure that you and your pet is updated in tick and flea prevention.
Walks with your dog is a great way for a dog to release its energy and be active. It can also help your dog to be okay with the presence of people and other dogs and animals and to be not aggressive whenever it meets any of them.
However, during summer, the pavement poses a danger for your dog. The heat coming from the pavement which was under the blazing sun for hours can hurt your dog’s pads.
To check if it is okay for your dog to walk in the pavement, place the back of your hand on the pavement. If it is too hot for you and you need to pull away your hand from the pavement, it isn’t safe for your dog.
You can re-schedule your walks in the evening, early morning, or in the late afternoon so that your canine friend won’t experience the pain of walking on hot pavement. However, if this situation cannot be avoided, invest shoes for your dog to protect its pads from the heat.
Inside Cars and Being Left Outside
If your dog is inside in the car with you, always remember this sentence: If the inside of the car is too hot for you, it is the same for your dog. So better keep the air conditioning on!
Leaving your dog inside a parked car can be a bad thing. The temperatures inside the car can change rapidly and the heat can be fatal to your dog.
If your dog is needed to be outside of the house, make sure that it has access to water where it can drink and some shade. Some cities and state tho doesn’t allow dogs to be left outside during extreme cold and hot weather conditions.
The important thing this summer season for dogs and also for you, hooman, is to always keep hydrated.
However, if situations come to worse, always give your vet a call or rush your dog to the vet right away.