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Summer Safety Tips for Dogs

by | June 18, 2019 | Pet Life

Summer Safety Tips for dogs

Summer is around the corner! You and your dog have been cooped up all winter. It’s finally time to run around, play fetch, and socialize with other doggos. Summer is an exciting time for pups and owners alike, but with warm weather comes new doggy dangers. Prudent Pet provides you with a guide on how to navigate the beautiful summer months safely with your cherished pet.

Dogs & Fireworks

Dog at a fireworks festival

One of the biggest summer concerns for pup parents is fireworks. They may be beautiful and fun for humans but can be terrifying for dogs. The booms may induce intense anxiety and send your fluffy friend for the bathtub. How do I prepare for the oncoming displeasure my animal may experience?

Book a dog sitter away from the noise: If you’re aware of an oncoming firework show, your best option would be to remove your pet from the situation entirely. Ask a friend or a relative living outside the proximity of the firework show to watch your little buddy for the night.

Acclimate your pup: Gradually desensitize your dog to loud noises. According to the American Kennel Club, progressively introducing your pet to “fear” noises will help acclimation. Replicate the sounds at a very low volume and praise your doggo when they show a positive response.

Create a safe place: Wherever your dog feels most comfortable create a safe haven for them. This safe place may be their crate or a spot where their doggy bed is. Provide them with their toys, treats, blankets and anything else to ease your companion’s anxiety. Make sure to settle them into their safe spot before the fireworks begin.

Distract your dog: Your dog’s favorite person in the world is you. Make sure to be there for them. Firework season is a scary time in their life so ensure you’re there to comfort and provide them plenty of love. Your presence will help calm them.

Dog wearing a dog storm jacket

Use CBD oils: CBD oils are widely considered a solution to relieving anxiety within dogs. Consult with your veterinarian if they believe CBD oils could help your pup.

Try dog storm jackets: A dog storm jacket is a little jacket your canine friend would wear designed to apply pressure to an animal’s torso, which causes a calming effect. Minimal research has been conducted to support the theory; however, many testimonials support the jacket’s success.

Talk to your vet: When it comes to anything regarding your beloved pet’s health and well being, always speak with your vet for their recommendations. Vets know best!

Dogs & Swimming

Dog swimming a pool

Before jumping into the pool or lake with Fido, make sure you know understand how to maintain water safety for your pet. Not all canines are natural-born swimmers, so its essential to introduce your doggo to water slowly.

  • Choose a shallow spot in the water.
  • Keep your pup on a leash the first few times.
  • Get in the water with your buddy.
  • Slowly move to deeper water.
  • Some dogs may want to get out. Respect your pal’s wishes.
  • Some dogs will start ‘doggy-paddling’ with his front legs.
  • Gently lift their back legs to show them how to float.
  • Keep practicing until your pet gets the hang of things and is swimming by themselves.
  • Always keep an eye on your doggo. Don’t let your pet drink the swimming water!

A recommended tip is to introduce water to your pup at an early age. This will assist in acclimating them and help ease their experience with water. Always have the best interest of your fluffy friend in mind. If they’re not a fan of getting in the water, that’s OK!

Dogs & Lake Houses

Dog at a lake house in summer

Get your American flag bandana ready for your pet, because you’re going to a lake house together! When you get a +1 invitation who better to bring than your best friend? Here’s how you can prep your pet for a weekend on the water.

Research & ask questions: Understand the environment you are bringing your pet into. Is there water nearby the house? Will there be a fence? Will there be other dogs? Ask your host any questions you have because the more you know, the safer your fluffy friend will be.

Debrief your friends: Give your friends a full run-down on your dog’s temperament. Let them know how your dog reacts to people, to other dogs, and to loud and abrasive noises. Explain to them to not feed your dog any table food and be cautious of opening doors as not to allow your pet to escape.

Dog and its parent stay at a beach

Bring proper food + toys: Don’t let your little buddy get hungry or bored! Bring ample food and treats to be confident you will not run out.

Watch & pay attention: Recognize potential dangers to your doggo. Be wary of possible escape paths your pet may take. Evaluate what can be a threat to your doggo.

If you follow these tips, you and your doggy are set for a fun adventure!

Dogs & Summer Heat

Just like humans, dogs can spend too much time in the sun. It’s imperative to be conscientious of your dog’s behavior and health on a hot day. It’s not a bad idea to apply pet safe sunscreen to your pets’ vulnerable areas such as their lips, ears, and nose. It should be noted fairer haired dogs are more susceptible to burns, just like their owners.

Always keep your dog in shaded areas when possible during the sunniest parts of the day and make sure to offer them water on a regular basis. Another creative way to cool your pup is to place a wet towel down for them to lay on. This will keep them comfortable and happy. Offering ice cubes to your pet can also keep them hydrated and provides another way to keep your dog chilled.

Dog sticking his face from the car

A day in the sun means keeping an eye on your dog thirst levels. Pet parents should also watch for signs of sunstroke or overheating and take the necessary precautions. These indicators include;

  • Loss of appetite
  • Excessive Panting
  • Dry nose and gums
  • Reduced energy levels & lethargy
  • Sunken, dry-looking eyes

If you see any of the signs above and your pet is struggling, immediately take them to a vet or animal ER to receive proper medical care.

Dogs & Cars

Who doesn’t want to go on a slow Sunday drive with their pup? Windows down, breeze running through your hair, and your best friend’s taking in the scents with their nose out the window and their tongue hanging out. To understand the best methods to travel with your pooch, check out Prudent Pet’s guide.

Dangers of cars with dogs

There are many dangers for dogs driving in a car just as there are for humans. The best solution to ensuring safety is to strap your pup in! This could be done with a doggy seatbelt. In addition to adding a protective barrier for your pet, doggy seatbelts can reduce distracted driving. These restraints restrict your dog from roaming while your car is in motion, and control the temptation to pet your friend, allowing you to keep your eyes on the road.

DO NOT EVER LEAVE YOUR DOG IN A PARKED CAR. It’s illegal to do so in 28 states. Us pet parents believe it should be illegal everywhere. The law prohibits leaving an animal in a confined vehicle and provides civil immunity to a person taking measures to save the at-risk pup. If you know you’re going to be leaving your car even for 5 minutes, do not bring the doggo. Leave him at home where he can be safe and happy.

Can I tie my dog up outside?

Dog tied outside

You end up bringing your dog along but need to stop inside a store or coffee shop for a quick moment. Is it cool to tie your dog up outside?

No, do not tie your dog outside. This will induce anxiety in your dog as he will have no idea where you are. Not to mention how dangerous it is for your buddy. Someone could come along and feed them, scare them, or worst scenario dognaps your precious best friend. Don’t risk your dog’s safety for even a moment. Your dog needs you and depends on you for their well-being. Never take that for granted.

What to do if you see a dog in distress

If you ever see a dog in a parked car, make sure to follow these protocols.

If the car is running and the AC is on, most likely the owner is returning very shortly. If not, try to find the owner of the vehicle as soon as possible to completely diffuse the situation.

If you cannot find the owner, take matters into your own hands. For reference, when it’s 80 degrees Fahrenheit, a car can heat up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit within ten minutes. If you deem the situation dangerous, call the non-emergency number of the local police. There is civil immunity for helping an animal locked in a car. If the situation becomes extreme, break the window away from the animal to free them from the car.

What about the dogs tied up outside? First and foremost, evaluate the situation and confirm the dog is friendly. Ensure they aren’t demonstrating aggressive behaviors such as growling, having erect ears or stiff tail, and barking lowly. If they are wagging their tail and acting playful it’s more than likely okay to approach but do so cautiously.

Just as with a dog in a parked car, try to find the owner. Look at the dog’s tags and see if there is a contact. If you can’t find the owner, stay and comfort the dog yourself until they return. If the owner does not return, call your animal control or take them to the nearest animal shelter. Determine if the chain or leash is too tight and make sure to adjust the collar accordingly. If they seem in need of water, try and provide them some. Overall, try to calm the dog down by being there for them. Alleviate their distress by petting and giving attention.

Family and dog hanging at a summer park

Following these safety tips can help you have a Summer to remember with your best little friend. Always keep your pet’s best interest in mind and be cautious of hazardous situations. To ensure your pet’s health completely, learn about the importance of dog or cat insurance, as well as retrieve a quote from Prudent Pet today!

The information provided on this website is made available for educational purposes only. It should in no way be substituted for professional veterinary assessment of each individual patient by a suitably qualified veterinary surgeon or veterinarian.

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Alice is the proud mama to her beautiful 3-year-old Labrador Retriever, Bella. Bella loves to cuddle up with Alice when she's reading a book on a cold Chicago night. No matter what the occasion is, Bella is always ready to pounce at the closest squirrel or rabbit when Alice runs with her along Lake Michigan in the summertime. When Bella's not tracking down random animals, she's taking a cozy nap or destroying toys left and right.