5 Tips for Summer Safety for Dogs

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Summer time is perfect for doing fun outdoor activities and your dogs. There are a few things you need to watch out for to keep them safe and happy. Here are some summer safety tips for your dogs.

Hydration

Just as it is important for humans to stay hydrated at all times, it is also important for dogs to stay hydrated. If you are taking your dog along for your outdoor activities, make sure to bring sufficient water along. Dogs get thirsty quickly, so it is important to for them to have access to water, particularly when playing in the hot summer sun.

Avoid exposure to sun for extended periods

Unlike humans, dogs cannot regulate heat very well. To eliminate or reduce the risk of heat stroke, make sure they have a nice shaded area to stay in when you are outdoors. To protect them, you can leave them at home on days when the temperature is too high.

Never leave your dog alone in a hot car

You should never leave your dog in a car on a hot summer day; this is something everyone should know. Dogs can get heat stroke and suffocate very easily. Temperature increases greatly in car interiors, so when you notice high temperatures during summer, know that your car interior will be hotter and you should never leave your dog in such condition.

Keep your dog on a leash

When taking part in summer outdoor activities, you need to keep your dog on a leash and in sight. Dogs get excited by anything they see or smell, and if they are not well trained, you may find it hard to control them. If you have your dog on a leash, you will find it easier to keep an eye on him.

Protect your dog from sunburn

Just like you can get sunburns, dogs can get sunburns too. This is peculiar to dogs that have short fur and light color. There are sunscreens specially formulated for dogs you can use to protect your dog. Never use human sunscreen on your dog; you won’t get the needed protection and you may end up harming your dog.

Taking your dogs along for outdoor activities during summer is a great way to keep them active and healthy. With these tips discussed above, you can improve your summertime experience with your dogs.

*References

http://www.pethealthnetwork.com/dog-health/dog-checkups-preventive-care/our-top-10-summer-safety-tips-dogs

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