Summer is a great time of year for you to enjoy the outdoors with
your dog. Whether a hike along a trail, a trip to the beach, mountains, or a stroll through the neighborhood,
you’ll want to be sure to take precautions to keep your dog safe nd prevent
Here’s a few tips to help you keep your dog safe during the warm
First and foremost, NEVER leave your dog alone in a car, even with
the windows open. Parked cars, trucks or any vehicle can rapidly become a oven on a hot summer day, over
heating and even killing your dog.
In California, where we live it is now illegal to leave your dog
in a hot car.
“SB 1806 makes it a crime for a person to leave a pet unattended
in a vehicle in a way that endangers the well-being of the animal due to heat, cold, lack of adequate
ventilation, or lack of food or water, or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause
suffering or death…”
It is of little help to parking in the shade as temperatures
inside a vehicle will still rise, especially as the sun will shift
direction throughout the day.
Watch this short video message
from Bob Barker
Be on the alert for heatstroke. Heatstroke is an emergency
condition that manifests itself through symptoms such as:
2.Looking ahead with a blank expression
4.Will not respond to commands
5.Dry, hot skin
If you suspect heatstroke call a veterinarian immediately, then
apply wet cool towels to the hairless areas of the body. This may help lower your dog’s temperature and give
you precious time to get to a veterinarian.
Even if your dog responds you must go to the vet as a relapse is
quite common and can be fatal if not properly treated.
No matter where you live, it’s
a crime or should be to abuse your pooch by risking his life. Check with your local legislators and humane
societies and see if your state has such a law.
If not, ask your local lawmakers to sponsor
one and refer them to the California Code as an example. You mayhelp save the lives of dogs and other pets in years to come.
Keep fresh cold water and a
clean dish handy for your dog whenever you take him outdoors during the summer.
Don’t insist that your dog do
any strenuous exercise after eating in hothumid weather. The best time of day for exercise is in the early
or evening, and keep
walks to a minimum, especially if your dog is not in shape.
Never let your dog stand on
hot pavement or asphalt. Any dog can gethot in a flash causing sensitive paw pads to burn
Monitor your dog's sun
exposure. Dogs can suffer from sunburn, especially short-haired dogs and those with pink skin and/or white hair.
Use sun block on his ears and nose a half hour before going outside.
When visiting the beach, ask
the lifeguard about water conditions and whether there are jellyfish and sea lice, which can be dangerous to
Be careful not to allow your
pooch to drink too much ocean or pool water which can make him ill.
Salt and other sea minerals
can cause damage to Fido’s coat. Make sure to rinse him off with fresh water after any dip in the
Never throw your dog into the water.
Most dogs can swim, but not
all. Perform a test to see if he can swim by standing close to your dog in shallow water and calling him.
Observe his actions. If he swims with all four legs he is on the right track.
If he is paddling with only
his front legs give him some help and help him float until he gets the idea and begins to use all four
Be wary of his swimming too much and becoming overtired. This is
not something he does every day !
Make sure your dog wears a flotation device or life jacket when on
Make sure that there are no open, unscreened windows or doors in
your home through which animals can fall or jump.
Keep your dog away from any area that may have been treated with
insecticides or may have a residue of coolant or other vehicle sourced chemicals.
Here’s a short list of plants which are highly poisonous to dogs
and can be fatal. We’ve noted some of the most prevalent symptoms. If you suspect your dog may have been
poisoned, call your veterinarian without delay !