Keeping our canine friends safe over the summer is important. After all, they rely on us to make sure they stay out of harm’s way. Below are just a few tips to keep in mind when enjoying the summer surf , sand and sea.
- Please be cautious of leaving your pet in the car for any length of time. Temperatures in the car can rise quickly. Although we love to take our pets with us, at times it may be safer to leave Fido home in the comfort of the air conditioned room.
- Make sure your pet is on a heartworm preventative. Mosquitos (carriers of heartworm) are rampant during the summer months. One monthly pill protects your dog from this potential killer.
- Make sure your pet has access to plenty of water and shade.
- Take precaution when walking your pet. Hot sidewalks and asphalt can burn the pads of your dog’s feet. Consider walking your pet early morning or late evening hours, when things cool off.
- Many dogs enjoy water (swimming/diving/boating). Remember to put a floatation coat on Fido if out on a boat. Many dogs drink excessive amounts of water while swimming….so keep an eye out on much your dog ingests (have them chase a ball or toy in the water to curtail the drinking).
- Before vacationing, interview pet sitters, boarding facilities or doggie daycares to secure professional services for your pet. Think twice before trusting a neighbors “kid” to watch Fido for you. Although there are teens out there quite capable, entrusting your pet with just anyone isn’t always wise. Professionals are usually equipped to handle any emergencies that may occur. Most are insured, should anything happen while you are away.
Just remember, the summer can be a wonderful time for pets, as long as we think ahead and manage appropriately. Happy Summer!