Summer Safety

Make sure to follow some safety tips so your pet can have fun too. Don’t leave your dog in the car, even for 10 minutes. This is against the law and parked cars become ovens quickly. Your dog can get dehydration, brain damage or even die, and cracking the car window doesn’t help combat summer heat, especially in Arizona.

Shaving down your dog actually inhibits his ability to deal with temperature change! Keep your dogs well groomed by removing all its dead undercoat hair, but don’t shave them down. Many dogs are at risk from the sun, so use a dog sunscreen. Dogs that are most at risk from sun damage are those that are shaved, have short white fur, or are hairless. Noses and the tips of their ears are also very sun sensitive.

Blacktop asphalt gets hot, be sensitive to this and walk your pet on the grass or on the sidewalk instead of on the street. When your dog spends a lot of time outside, also check him for ticks. Make sure you look under the tail, on their stomach, in their ears and between their toes.

Dog in Grass

Some simple training and safety devices will protect your dog this summer. Make sure to give your dogs treats and praise being handled and having his fur and paws looked at. Practice this often so that your dog likes it! Apply sunscreen while your dog is having a good time.

Always have plenty of water available for your dog! This will ensure that they keep cool and hydrated, which in turn will keep you and your dog healthy and happy this summer.

Check Out This Reference On Summer Fun With Dogs Here Is One Dog Sunscreen

Below are some summer tips from ASPCA and from the AKC.

Heat Stroke

The dog days of summer are here, and it’s HOT! Make sure that you watch your dog for signs of overheating and heat stroke.

Many people don’t even realize that their dog is overheating. That happy, long tongue is letting you know your dog is HOT! Nausea, loss of consciousness, brain damage, and even death are caused by heat stroke. Make sure your dog has a nice shady place to cool off with fresh water to keep him cool & hydrated.

Exercise in the cool of the morning to cut down on being out in the heat of the day.

Dog in the Pool

NEVER leave your dog in your car! Some signs of heat stroke include: panting excessively, have redness around his eyes, show muscle weakness, irritability, may start vomiting, may collapse.

After being hot, give your dog cool water, not cold water. Sponge him down with a cool wet towel or soak him in a tub of cool water and keep a fan on him.

If your dog’s gums are gray, his tongue is blue, or he becomes unconscious, take him to a veterinarian. Heatstroke is an emergency, and you may need to make a quick trip to the veterinarian or emergency clinic.


Posted with permission from the APDT site.

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