Dog Safety Summertime Tips
Dog Safety during the summer
Know the warning signs
A pup’s average temperature is somewhere between 100 and 103 degrees Fahrenheit. Just like humans, increased temperature means increased chances for fatigue, dehydration, skin related issues, and even high chances of general injuries. Unlike humans, our pups won’t sweat in the heat like we do. Here are some basic things to look for to determine when your pup is overheating.
- Legs wobbling
- Thick drool
- Bright red or dry gums
Paying attention to these warning signs when you are out enjoying a summer day can be the difference between life and death for your pup.
Ensure there is enough water and shade
Never leave your pup in the car
Most pups get super excited for a car ride. When you’re heading out for a fun day of activities, you may need to stop for something quick along the way. It’s important to remember you cannot leave your pup in the car alone at all for any amount of time.
This dog safety tip is one of the most commonly ignored. Even loving pet owners sometimes think they will be gone for just a moment, but are actually in a store for 15 to 20 minutes. Heat stroke can occur in a pup in as short as 10 minutes in a car that is parked on a summer day. It is also important to note that leaving your pup alone in a car is now illegal in 16 states, with more following suite. Make sure sure to bring your pup inside with you, or leave them home while you run errands.
Protect your pup's body
Dog Safety in the Summertime
Summer days are the perfect opportunity to bond with your pup on exciting adventures. Before you set out, it is important to pause for a moment and consider dog safety, and what your pup may need during the day. By knowing the warning signs and keeping some basic considerations in mind, you and your pup will be making unforgettable memories while being safe and healthy all summer long!
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