The days of being cooped up inside due to the snow are quickly coming to end, and that means it’s time for you and your pet to enjoy playing outside during the warmer months. To maximize excitement, there are a few safety tips you’ll want to know beforehand.
Here are 7 easy ways to keep your furbaby safe throughout the summer.
Provide access to fresh water
Dogs have a harder time regulating their body temperature than we do, so you’ll want to make sure that fresh water is always available.
Tip: Pour chicken or beef broth into ice cube trays and freeze. Encourage your dog to drink more water by dropping these into their water bowl as needed.
Keep them inside
Just like you wouldn’t want to be left outside on a hot summer day, neither does your pet. In fact, being left outside can cause your pet to experience heat stroke or, in extreme cases, death.
If your pet can’t be trusted to have the run of the house, use baby gates or a pet-specific gate to keep them confined to one area.
Protect their paws
Gravel, cement and artificial turf can get very hot in direct sun. Consider heat protectant dog boots, and schedule walks for early morning or late in the evening. Test if it’s safe for a walk by placing your palm on the ground for 30 seconds. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pup.
Tip: Consider putting a reflective vest on your pup to keep them safe when it’s dark outside.
Practice food safety
Even though your pet wants to eat everything in sight, it doesn’t mean they can. Make note of what foods could harm them just in case scraps fall off the barbecue or counter.
Use caution with fireworks
The loud noise and sudden flash can easily spook your pup. In this case, you’ll want to keep them inside in an area with their bed and water for comfort.
Tip: An anxiety jacket like this one can also help ease stress due to fireworks.
Protect them from pesky parasites
Ticks, flees, mosquitoes, flies and other insects are at their peak in the summer months. Chat with your vet about the appropriate protection methods for your pet.
Use a collar and leash
Even the most well-behaved dogs can stray too far or run off after something that intrigues them. A collar with the up-to-date tags and a leash ensures they are always by your side, especially if you are traveling or camping in an unfamiliar place.
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