Summer Safety Tips
Our doodles love summer just as much as we do! For many, it’s the best time of year to be out, about, and enjoying all that the season has to offer.
Here are a few important safety tips to keep in mind.
Pause for Paws
When the sun is cooking asphalt, concrete or sand it can get really hot! Not only can it burn paws, but it can also increase body temperature and lead to overheating. Your pet's paws are just as sensitive to the heat as your bare feet are. To avoid these blistering hot surfaces, walk during the cooler morning or evening hours.
Bring plenty of fresh water for your dog. Salt from ocean water and microscopic parasites in lakes, streams and puddles can make your pet sick. Our dogs get much thirstier than we do when they get hot, and other than panting and drinking, they really have no way to cool themselves down. Keep your pet in the shade as often as possible.
Believe it or not, dogs can sunburn, especially those with short or light-colored coats. And just like with people, sunburns can be painful for a dog and overexposure to the sun can lead to skin cancer. Talk to your veterinarian about sunscreens for your dog (don’t assume a sunscreen for people is appropriate for your dog).
Swimming and Water Activities
Water safety is essential! Stay close to your dog while playing or swimming in a lake, river or the ocean. Contrary to common belief, not all dogs are skilled swimmers. Remember that even the most experienced swimmer can become a victim of an undertow, jellyfish or other hazards. a life jacket is just as important for your dog as it is for you. Falling or jumping overboard is always possible. Any dog that spends time near water should have her very own pet life vest.
It might be best to leave your dog at home when going to large outdoor festivals or parties. A large crowd can be overwhelming and it increases the chances of injury, dehydration and exhaustion. Plus, there's bound to be a lot of unhealthy or even toxic food and trash on the ground that your dog might try to eat. Remember that fireworks and other loud noises can frighten dogs into running away or otherwise injuring themselves. If you do bring your dog to events, keep her close by and watch out for potential hazards.
As always, use your best judgment.