Summer is the perfect season to spend time with your pets outside. The weather is warm and the sun is out, which gives you ample opportunity to take a dip with your furry friend in the pool, take a long walk or play Frisbee on the beach. However, summer has its own dangers for dogs, which requires you to take precaution to protect them from any possible peril. Follow these tips to take care of your pets this summer season:
Keeping Cool – Depending on your location, the months of June through July can reach soaring temperatures well above 100 degrees. Many of us go to work or leave our homes for extended periods of time during the day, trusting that our dogs can fend for themselves while we’re gone. Unfortunately, self-sufficiency is not something most pets possess. During the summer months especially, dogs typically require more hydration to prevent overheating in hot, humid weather. Active pets that spend time outside need to replenish what they sweat out twofold due to the effects harsh temperatures have on domestic animals. To make sure they’re getting the hydration they need, leave extra water out if you plan on being away from your house.
For an extra special treat, Sara Gromley, public relations coordinator at the Humane Society of Southern Arizona, provided a great ‘pupsicle’ recipe to Petfinder to cool down our furry friends during the summer. All this requires is filling a bowl with low-sodium chicken broth and freezing. The dogs will surely love to lick the cool creation on a hot day.
To help maximize the benefits of water and increase hydration, add Dr. Willard’s Vibrant Pet Water Drops to clean distilled, spring, or filtered water. Utilizing the secret catalyst in the Dr. Willard’s® patented formula, these drops provide multiple health benefits including nutrient absorption and enhanced hydration. This will allow nutrients that you provided your pet through food or supplements to get better absorbed in the body and will ensure that he/she gets the most from the water they drink. Add a few daily drops to serve as a whole body tonic for your pet.
Traveling – Summer is one of the busiest travel seasons. If you are taking a road trip, prepare well beforehand. Traveling can be stressful for pets so definitely be sure to have a good supply of our Dr. Willard’s Vibrant Pet Water Drops to help keep your pet calm.
If you pet isn’t already micro chipped, now is a good time to do so. Increased access to the outdoors during travel time provides dogs with more opportunity to run away and get lost. Therefore, a microchip and a pet ID with your contact information is crucial to reunite with your furry friend.
While it’s adorable to have your pet on your lap, looking out the window, the proper way for pets to travel in a car is by being confined and properly fastened. Larger dogs can be seat belted in the back seat, while smaller ones can be fastened with dog seat belts, or contained in crates. Make sure you keep all of your loved ones safe!
Also, this probably goes without saying, but never leave your pet in the car on a summer day. Temperature in the car can soar very quickly, going up to 120 degrees within minutes. Even opening the windows or leaving the AC on is not a guarantee that your dog will not overheat and succumb to a heat stroke so please be sure to monitor the heat level in your car.
If you will be flying during the summer, consider whether you absolutely have to bring your dog along. The Humane Society claims that flying is actually dangerous for pets, and doesn’t recommend it unless it’s “absolutely necessary.” Dogs with “pushed in” faces, such as bulldogs and pugs have “short nasal passages [that] leave them especially vulnerable to oxygen deprivation and heat stroke on a plane,” the site explains. Additionally, due to greatly varying temperatures, lack of proper ventilation and poor handling, many pets get hurt, lost, or even die every single year on planes. Call the airline in advance to ask if you can bring your dog in the cabin with you. There are usually strict requirements in terms of size, crating and vaccinations, and an additional fee for doing so.
Fire Safety – Hot and dry summer weather is especially conducive to fires breaking out. The Help ‘Em Up Harness website cites that “more than 40,000 pets die each year in house fires and that 1,000 dogs cause fires every year.” If you have a dog house outside, keep it at least 20 feet away from any brushy areas. You must also prepare for emergencies in advance. Just as you likely have an emergency kit for your family, you should also have one for your pets. Stash away food, paperwork, a leash, medication and a photo of your pet should he get lost.
In the event of an actual fire, after getting your family members safely outside, quickly search for your dog. Pets get alarmed when they smell smoke, so they can either run outside or to their favorite hiding place. Once you find your pet, carry him outside on a leash or in a crate so he stays safe during the hectic time. If you can’t find him, leave a door open and keep calling him, or alert the firefighters that there is a lost pet inside.