- CHARITY BENEFIT
Summer is the best time of the year to spend more time outdoors with your pet because you are not confined by the weather. Whether you taking your dog for a walk or playing with her in the park, be prepared for the challenges of what the warmer brings.
Here are eight sizzling tips to keep your pet safe in the summer’s heat.
1. Keep your pet cool.
Always provide your pet with fresh drinking water in a clean bowl, leave air conditioners and fans on low temperatures to the protect them from the summer heat. This is especially important with Bracycephealic dogs like English Bulldogs, Shih Tzus and English Toy Spaniels because increased panting from overheating of these breeds can cause their throats to swell up which could result in a blocked airways.
2. Maintain monthly Heartworm, flea and tick control programs.
Mild winter temperatures have caused an increase in flea and tick populations. Be sure to use monthly topicals and medications that are effective in fighting parasites. Also, on spot brands like Pet Armour are just as effective as those topicals that can purchased from vets for a lot less. Visit Target, Walgreens and Petco to buy.
3. Prevent your pooch from wandering off.
Do not walk your pooch without a leash on the city streets; besides, its’ against the laws. Moreover, do not allow your dog to roam around the park without a leash.
4. Replace faulty equipment.
Throw away worn leashes and collars because it only takes one time for your pet to become frighten. With one pull, he can snap his lead and run away from you.
5. Purchase new identification tags and update your microchip database information.
Buy new ID tags and make sure to add your cell phone number. Also, make sure to update all microchip database information. These measures will help to return your dog to you if he goes missing.
6. Maintain grooming habits in the hot weather.
Brush debris and dirt out of your dog’s coat on regular basis. Regular grooming will help reduce pollutants such as dander and keep your home clean for allergy suffers.
7. Warm weather means more outdoor activity, be careful.
Watch out for glass, chicken bones, rat poison and leaking automotive coolant. In case of emergency, program your vet’s phone number into your cell phone. If your pet ingests something on the street, call your vet immediately.
8. Never leave your pet alone.
In the car, she could suffer heat stroke. Left outside a store, she could be stolen. In a room with an open window, she could escape or fall to her death.
Take care in the summer months. Simple precautionary measures will ensure you and your dog will continue to have safe and enjoyable times together.