10 Greatest Summer Care and Safety Tips for Dogs
10 Greatest Summer Care and Safety Tips for DogsSummer can be fun, but it also can be hazardous for dogs. There are certain precautions that should be taken to make sure your canine companion is safe. Read on to find out some summer care and safety tips for your dog…
1. Make sure he has fresh, cool water throughout the day. This is especially true if the dog is an outdoor dog. Before giving the water to the dog melt down the ice cubes in it to make it extra cool.
3. Make sure an outdoor dog has enough shade to cool off in. This can simply be trees offering shade or a doghouse to crawl in out the heat. Some days are just hot everywhere and the dog should be brought inside.
4. Do not leave your dog in a hot car to go in the store or anywhere else. This is as dangerous for them as it is for kids. The dog can have heat stroke and even die. So make sure that the places you take the dog to for a ride will let you bring the dog inside.
5. Fleas, mosquitoes, and ticks need to be kept away from your dogs. There are spray, applications, pills and even special collars for this purpose. Also for mosquitoes, control the outdoor environment in which the breed. This includes no freestanding pools of water. There are echo-friendly ways that can be used too.
6. Your dog might have special needs in the summer. Some breeds even need sunscreen on before going outside such as the Chinese Crested. Other breeds can be shaved or their coats trimmed to make them more comfortable in the hot weather.
7. Since you have more things growing and blooming in the summer months make sure they are dog friendly. There are many plants that are toxic to dogs if ingested by them. The ASPCA offers a list on their website. Also use dog-friendly fertilizers and pesticides when treating your garden area.
8. In the summer and all year through be careful with the various substances you have stored in the garage. Do not let the dog get into something that will hurt him such as antifreeze. This tastes sweet to dogs so if they see a puddle of it they might drink it. It is very toxic to them and could make them ill.
9. For a summer cool down you can provide the dog with a splash pool. Just get a kid's cheap plastic pool and fill with cool water. He can splash around in it to cool off.
10. The last tip for summer care is to keep the dog groomed well. Your pooch's winter coat might be shedding, if it is then brush thoroughly to get all the loose hair from it. Bathe only when necessary just as the rest of the year. This all will make the dog cooler for summer.
Summer can be a lot of fun for your dog when these tips are followed. Good care must be given to make the dog comfortable and safe in the heat of the summer. Information written by Sherri Hendrix of