Summer is upon us, and before you know it, we will be loading up the dogs and heading for the lake. But it’s important to remember that our pets love summer just as much as we do! For many, it’s the best time of year to be out enjoying all that summer has to offer. While there is absolutely nothing wrong with taking your dog out, keep in mind that hot weather can be dangerous for them. It’s hard for pets to keep cool when its hot outside, and we all know that animals don’t sweat like people do. To avoid possibly causing harm or even death to you pet, please read these summer pet care tips and enjoy summer and your pet.
This is a no brainer. What do all animals, no matter shape or size, cold and warm blooded need? Water! It is crucial that your pet stays properly hydrated. It is also crucial that you recognize the signs of a dehydrated dog. Symptoms include: Loss of appetite, Reduced energy levels and/or lethargy, Panting, Sunken, dry-looking eyes, Dry nose and gums, Loss of skin elasticity. If you think your pet may be suffering from dehydration, please do not hesitate to contact a vet. This is a life and death situation.
Ok, another no brainer, right? You would think so, but every summer its inevitable that you start hearing news stories about people leaving their pets in their cars, either intentionally or by accident, and the dog dying. Leaving your pets in cars is not only dangerous to your pet, but it is also illegal in 16 states that have specific laws.
This is one of those things that most people don’t realize. Did you know when the temperature is just 77 degrees outside, asphalt in the sun can reach 125 degrees, move up to 87 degrees outside, and asphalt can reach 143… an egg can fry in 5 minutes at 131 degrees! Think about that the next time you take your dog for a walk on a hot day. Maybe wait until later in the day or earlier in the day and try to stay off asphalt.
Summertime brings with it summer bugs. One of the worst things about summer is ticks and mosquitos, I hate them sooo much! Make sure you pet is up to date on all vaccinations and any preventive care like flea and tick prevention.
Some pets with short or fine hair can be susceptible to sunburn. Talk to your vet about which types of sunscreen are safest for your pet. Do not use sunscreen that is not designed specifically for use on animals.
This is another one many people wouldn’t think of. I was one of them, I assumed that all dogs could swim well. I was wrong. Not all breeds are created equal. Make sure that if your dog is swimming, that they either have a life vest on them, or you keep a very close eye on them. In fact, you should keep a close on eye on any dog that is swimming. They can tire or run into trouble just like a person can.
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