Dog Safety Summertime Tips

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Summertime Tips

Dog Safety during the summer

Summertime is synonymous with beach days, outdoor activities, and warm evenings watching the sunset. Although the summertime is many’s favorite season, it can be a potentially dangerous time for your pup. It’s important to take some basic precautions to keep them safe, and to know what to look for if your pup is suffering due to the heat. Dog safety is at the top of every loving pup parent’s list, so read on to learn more before you head out on your next adventure!

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.

  • Panting 
  • Legs wobbling 
  • Thick drool
  • Diarrhea
  • 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. 

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Ensure there is enough water and shade

It may seem like a very basic concept, but the best way to keep your pup cool and safe is by ensuring there is plenty of shade and water.  Although this seems obvious, it’s important to take this into consideration when you are planning a day.  For example, you may not use an umbrella at the beach, but this means your pup will be in direct sunlight for hours.  If you forget enough water or a water bowl, your pup may quickly become dehydrated.  When you stop and think about it, a simple beach day could become a very dangerous situation for your pup if you don’t plan well. We recommend you have an “adventure bag” ready to go during the summertime. You can leave it backed with bottled water, a collapsable water bowl, a bag of your pup’s food, and a collapsable, elevated dog bed with cover. If you keep this bag stocked at all times, you’re sure to have everything you need for your pup.

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. 

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Protect your pup's body

Many pup parents think that shaving their pup during the summertime months will actually help keep them cooler.  This is especially true of longer hair breeds like a border collie, or a husky.  Although pup parents mean well, shaving your pup actually will make them overheat quicker.  Their long fur acts as a natural insulation, allowing them to regulate the temperature based on the conditions. During the summer months it is also important to keep your pup’s paws safe. When you are out on walks, remember that pavement and other hard surfaces can get very hot very quick. By walking your pup early in the day, or later in the evening, you can avoid potential damage to their paws. There are also a wide variety of pup paw coverings that are effective at protecting them from hot surfaces.

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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