Hot weather safety tips

Summers Here! So is the Heat!

Temperatures are rising and summer is officially here! It’s time for fun in the sun with your friends and family, but what about our most important family member, the dog? With this summer heat, it’s vital to remember that we need to take special precautions to insure our dog’s safety.

I know your dog could spend hours laying and soaking in the sun with you while you are trying to get that nice summer tan or burn, but just like you, they can overheat and become dehydrated but more quickly because of their fur so, always make sure your dog has access to cold water and shade or even a kiddie pool they can jump in when they get too hot.

If you take your dog with you to run your errands, because you don’t want to do it alone and they are your only friend, make sure to never leave them locked inside a hot car it can cause them to overheat and even make them sick. It’s as dangerous as locking a baby inside a car and because they are your baby, you would never want to put them in harm’s way, so maybe next time leave them at home in the air conditioning or with a friend if your dog cannot be left alone.

The most annoying thing about the summer months is the copious amounts of bugs, but if you think it’s bad, it’s even worse for your dogs. Bugs can get caught in their fur and some of them, like ticks and fleas, can be dangerous for dogs. So always make sure your dog is protected with bug repellant you can get from your vet and make sure to check your dog’s fur for insects before they come into the house.

Summer is the time for celebration and how do we celebrate? With fireworks! But with fireworks it’s important to keep your dog’s away from them because they can be a great danger to dogs. Some fireworks look like sticks or toys, so keep them locked up in higher places, so your dog cannot get to them and eat them. Also, you may enjoy the sound of exploding fireworks, but it can scare your dog and give them anxiety which can lead them to causing harm to themselves or other people. So, when fireworks are being lit off, make sure your dog is in a safe place and in a calm state because even though we may think the fireworks are pretty and cool, your dog may not enjoy them as much as you.

The trickiest thing in the summer is walking your dog because of the heat and the risk of damage to their paws. So, try to walk your dog on cooler surfaces like dirt or grass and avoid the asphalt, which can burn or hurt their paws. I know it’s the summer and you just want to sleep in but try to walk your dog earlier or even later in the day when it is cooler and the sun isn’t at its highest point. Another solution you could try is to put booties or socks on your dog’s paws to add a layer of protection between their paws and the hot ground. It may take a while for your dog to get used to them and if it really bothers your dog you shouldn’t do it, no matter how cute it makes them look, but it is an option to help protect your dog.

Summer is a time for fun and enjoyment, but it can be dangerous for dogs, so as long as you take the right precautions you can have a fun filled and safe summer with your best friend!

The ASPCA offers a list for general pet care during the hot summer months.