With summer just around the corner, it’s more important than ever to keep your dog safe. The number one thing to do is one that we hear about in the news too often: Never leave your dog in the car. Not even for a minute. Not even with the air conditioning running. Your car acts like a heat trap especially on a hot day and temperatures inside your vehicle will rise to dangerous levels very quickly. To repeat: Do not leave your dogs inside a parked car. Other tips to keep your dog safe in the summer include:
- Watch the humidity. Dogs pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs. If humidity is too high, they will not be able to effectively cool themselves and their core temperature can skyrocket.
- Limit Exercise. On very hot days, limit the amount of exercise your dog gets and try to stay to the cooler parts of the day, early morning or evening. When you’re out it’s a good idea to cary water to keep your dog from dehydrating
- Shade. On hot, sunny days, make sure they are protected from the direct rays of the sun. On very, very hot days, limit their outdoor time.
For other tips on how to keep your dog safe this summer, here’s a short video:
At The Dog Stop we are dedicated to ensuring that you and your pet have a long and healthy relationship. We offer Walks N Wags Pet First Aid courses for Dogs and Cats. From learning how to prevent illness and injuries to dealing with bleeding, broken bones, choking, CPR/AR and so much more. Our next course is June 14, 2015. We also offer Training Programs for every age and stage. Click here for details: Training Programs.