Bringing Fido? Safety First!

Summer is a great time to get outdoors with your dog, but you should never leave unprepared. Keep your pup safe at fairs, concerts, BBQs, and other warm weather events with these tips.

  • Avoid leaving your pet in a parked car during the warmer months, even on mildly hot days. Remember, it only takes a few minutes to cause serious injury—even with the windows cracked.
  • Offer water to your dog every 30 to 60 minutes, depending on activity level. Also, be sure to bring water for both of you on all outings and walks. Collapsible water bowls are a must if your dog is a frequent tagalong.

Fresh water is a must for summer safety

  • Be mindful of your pet’s feet. After 11 a.m., pavement, concrete, and even sand can become dangerously hot. Remember that paw pads are sensitive and can burn easily on hot surfaces—especially blacktop—if the sun is out. Protective booties can keep paws safe.

Avoid hot sand

  • Stay up-to-date on your pet’s vaccines. Keep in mind that other dogs may not be vaccinated.
  • Consider a summer haircut for pets with heavy coats if they spend a significant amount of time in the heat. Remember, though, your pet can get sunburned, too! Invest in doggie sunscreen if needed, but don’t use the human variety—it can be toxic if licked.
  • Remember that a leashed dog may be unpredictable. Even a well-behaved and socialized pup may become less tolerant of visiting with other dogs while on a leash. This can lead to aggressive behavior and even fighting.  
  • Fairs and street festivals are known for junk food—much of which ends up on the ground, right where your dog can get it. At the very least, this type of snacking can lead to vomiting and diarrhea. Depending on what the dog ingests, however, the situation can quickly become more serious. Obstructed items, like corn cobs and fruit pits, often require surgery.

Steer clear of fair food

 

Be sure to contact us if you have any questions about summer adventures with your beloved pets, and, if you need to make an appointment to get Fido up-to-date on everything, fill out our online form!

 

This post originally appeared on The Drake Center and has been adapted with permission for reposting.

 

 

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