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Basic Manners 1 Class


10 Tips for a Safe Summer with Your Dog

Summer fun is for humans and pets alike. But the season also poses particular dangers for Fido and Fluffy. Keep your pets happy and safe by heeding the following precautions.

Heat stroke: Intense heat can prove deadly for pets. Signs of heat stroke include heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid pulse, unsteadiness, and a deep red or purple tongue. Avoid the risk of heat stroke altogether by saving your daily jog with Fido for early mornings or evenings.


Water safety: Don’t assume your dog can swim like a fish. Some dogs take to the water about as well as cats, so never push Fido into the pool. If Rover does enjoy a good dip, though, supervise him at all times.


Summer foods: Be judicious when feeding pets table scraps at your family picnic. Alcohol, chocolate, grapes and raisins, tomatoes, onions, avocados, and excessive salt are all on the list of foods forbidden for Fido and Fluffy.


Cocoa bean mulch: Commonly used as a backyard fertilizer, cocoa bean mulch is fatal if ingested by dogs in large quantities. Not all dogs like the mulch, but those who do can’t get enough of it. To be on the safe side, opt for a nontoxic alternative, such as shredded pine, cedar, or hemlock bark.


Insect repellent and sunscreen: While protecting yourself from insects and sunburn, make sure you’re not putting Fluffy at risk when she comes to give you a kiss. Use pet-safe repellent and sunscreen to keep pets from ingesting harmful toxins.


Park pets at home (not in the car): On a warm day, the temperature in a parked car can reach triple digits within minutes, even with windows partially open. With only hot air to breathe, your pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke.


Heartworm prevention medication: Summer bugs, like mosquitoes, transmit heartworm disease, which can be fatal to both dogs and cats. Check with your vet to see if Fifi should be taking heartworm prevention medication.


Sunburn: Pets can sunburn, especially those with short hair, pink skin, and white hair. Keep all pets out of the sun for prolonged periods, and apply pet-friendly sunblock to ears and nose 30 minutes before venturing out in the sun.


Paw protection: Steer clear of prolonged exposure to hot asphalt or sand, which can scorch your dog’s paws. Using doggie boots to protect Fido’s sensitive paw pads is a great idea.


Dehydration: Avoid dehydration in your pets by watching carefully for signs of it and carrying fresh water at all times. Remember that dogs cool off by panting, not sweating. In addition to panting, a dehydrated pooch drools excessively, may have bloodshot eyes, and appears pale.


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