Summer Safety tip for outside pets

Summer Safety tip for outside pets

Our first plus 85 degree day brings to mind safety issues for our outside pets.

If your dog is kept outside on a hot day, make sure he has a shady spot to lie in. Kennel kept dogs should have a big tree over head or a sunblocker type kennel cover.  Dog houses are not good shelter during the summer as they can trap heat. Always provide plenty of cool, fresh water. You may want to fill a small child’s pool with fresh water for your dog to cool off in, or a misting system installed in your sunblocker covered kennel.

Short faced dogs such as Bulldogs, Boston terriers, Boxers, etc have an especially hard time in the heat because they do not pant as efficiently as longer-faced dogs.  If possible, keep your short faced dog inside with air-conditioning.

Keep dogs off lawns that have been chemically treated or fertilized for 24 hours or according to package instructions, and away from potentially toxic plants and flowers.

Dogs, especially those with short hair can sunburn. Limit your dog’s exposure.

Heatstroke- Can Be Fatal

Heatstroke can be the serious and often a fatal result of exposure to excessive heat. Watch for sign of dehydration. Dogs can’t sweat, they cool off by panting. Some signs your dog is overheating is excessive drooling, lethargy, bloodshot eyes and paleness.

Prevention – shade and water