It stands to reason that the ones you love, you want to protect and keep safe. Pets are of course also part of this, as they become important members of your family. Summer is a time when you need to pay particular care of your pets. I have grown up with dogs, as my Mum and Dad have always had one, and still do. We were a little later with our decision to have a pet, as we knew it was a huge responsibility. We decided on a dog a couple of years ago, and that’s when Bennett the Lhasapoo came in to our lives :
We really wouldn’t be without him, he is great fun and a complete cutie to boot!
With the temperature just about to rise again, I wanted to write down my tips for summer safety for dogs :
- Dogs can suffer from sunburn, especially those with thin, pale or white fur. Go to your local pet shop and buy some pet-friendly sun cream, perfect if you are going on a walk on a sunny day.
- You need to keep an eye on your dog in hot weather. The signs of heat exhaustion or sunstroke include excessive panting, drooling, convulsions then collapse and shock. Make sure you immediately get out of the heat. Showering them with cool (not cold) water is a good idea then wrap them in cool wet towel and take them straight to the vet.
- Do you have dog insurance? This is such an essential thing no matter what the weather, and it really soesnt cost very much each month to buy, well worth it.
- In hot weather don’t stop walking you dog, just do it at cooler times of the day. We’ve bought a small dog bowl, so we take that and some water with us, and give it to Bennett part way through the walk.
- Have you ever let a dog lick an ice cube, they absolutely love them. This is also a great idea if you mix some of the dog food into it too, might be one for outside though, as it can get a little messy.
- If you plan on taking you pet dog with you on holiday, or for a day trip away, make sure you bring familiar toys or a blanket. You also need to take breaks for them to use the toilet and to drink.
- Have vet information to hand, whether you are home or away. Its a good idea to look up the local vet number to where you are staying too.
- One of the most important things to remember during the hot weather, is to never leave your pet alone in a parked car, ever! Don’t think that leaving a window open will help either.
So those are my top tips, do you have any to add?
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