June 18, 2017

Hot Weather Canine Safety Tips

It's getting hotter out, and sometimes the warm weather can take a toll on us puppers. Here are some tips to keep your furry friend safe this summer!

1. Place the palm of your hand on the pavement of the road. If you can comfortably keep it there for 5 seconds, it isn't too hot to walk your dog. No pup wants burning pads! If you can't keep your hand there for 5 seconds, don't go for a walk. However, no dog likes to be indoors all day, so you can do another form of exercise indoors or find a cool place to stretch your legs in the shade!

2. If your dog has to spend the remainder of his time outdoors, make sure he has plenty of fresh, clean, cold water available to him at all times. Also make sure the dog has a cool, shady place to rest.

3. Encourage your dog to drink plenty of water during the summer months. Dogs should drink 1 ounce of water per pound of body weight every day.

4. Swimming is a great exercise for dogs, but never leave your pup attended near a swimming pool.

5. Protect your dog from fleas and ticks and check your dog daily for them!

6. If your dog doesn't do well in hot weather, even with a cool, shady place to relax in and cool water, keep them indoors most of the time! Pets with flat faces and thick coats are the most susceptible to heatstroke.

7. Never leave your dog alone in a hot car! Cars can heat up quicker than you might think,

8. If your dog has to stay outdoors or simply wants some safe outdoor time, let them have a kiddie pool to wade in! If not too deep and easy to climb in, your dog can be safely unattended with one!

9. Use sunscreen for some dogs! Dogs with short coats, light colored coats, and no coats at all are the most susceptible to this painful inconvenience that could lead to skin cancer.

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  1. That's some good advice. We always cringe when we see people walking their doggies on the hot pavement!

  2. We live in a part of the country where it gets very, very hot and humid. We are so grateful to have good a/c and we don't stay outside for long at all. Early morning and after sunset are the best times for us. Great post.

    For your Mom's training posts, how about a Mom's Monday for her?

    Woos - Lightning and Misty

  3. great advice... the mama got black hands yesterday as she tested the heat of the road... so we used the car and drove to a forest... before I melted away like our street ;O)


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