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Hot Summer Tips for Safe Summer Fun!

September 15, 2013 | Tips and Training

When it comes to the summer time heat and sunshine, a few safety tips can be the key to insure your pet can join in the fun

Often pet owners will shave down their dogs during the summer time, thinking this will help keep them cool. But ironically, shaving down a dog inhibits their ability to deal with the temperature change! So keep your dogs well groomed by removing all its dead undercoat hair, but remember not to shave them down in order to help them tolerate the summer sun. Your dog’s skin will also be at risk from the sun, so sunscreen is recommended. Make sure you use a sunscreen that is specifically made for your dog. Dogs that are shaved, have short white fur, or are hairless are most at risk of sun damage. Other areas of sensitivity are their noses and tips of their ears.

The blacktop street asphalt gets hot. Very hot! Walk your pet on the grass or on the sidewalk instead of on the street. Those hot black roads can hurt their paws. On days that your dog spends a lot of time outside, you’ll want to check the dog’s paws for sun damage and his fur for ticks. When checking for ticks, make sure you look under the tail, on their stomach, in their ears and between their toes

Some simple training and safety devices can ease your mind and protect your dog this summer. For example, make sure to give your dogs treats and praise in order to positively reinforce being handled and having his fur and paws looked at. Practice this often so that your dog likes being handled! If you want to use doggie sunscreen on your pup, put it on while your dog is playing ball with you or doing another enjoyable activity so that your dog positively associates sunscreen application with good times.

Last but certainly not least, always have plenty of water available for your dog! This will ensure that they keep cool and hydrated, which in turn will keep them healthy and happy this summer. Have fun!— Credit to: Association of Pet Dog Trainers

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We are proud to join ranks with the Military Working Dog Team Support Association and offer occasional promotions and news items to further their cause.

THE MWDTSA‘s mission is to support current Military Dog Handler Teams, Veteran Dog Handler Events/Causes, Retired Military Working Dogs and War Dog/Dog Team Memorials. They are a non-profit organization dedicated to the support of the dog/handler teams in service for our country all over the world. These dedicated service men and animals risk their lives on a daily basis to keep others safe. One of the efforts of the MWDTSA allows for quarterly care packages to be sent providing much needed supplies and stress relieving toys and treats for the dogs and handlers. To say that these teams have turned out some amazing heroes over time is an understatement.

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Pic-Nic Pet-Pointers

This Summer, there’ll be plenty of picnics, barbecues and get-togethers celebrating the summer season. Here are a few things you may have not thought about that will help keep bowser happy and healthy!

The ASPCA recommends keeping your pets indoors; it’s safer, quieter and much easier for you and your pal. However, if you’re heading out and planning to take your dog with you, here are several safety ideas that will help make it a great day for all.

When driving, it’s recommended you keep your dog safe in a car safety harness for traveling. Make frequent stops for your dog along the way, providing fresh water along with an opportunity to stretch and potty if necessary.

Never offer your dog the picnic “people” food as it could greatly upset his/her stomach and can cause severe gastrointestinal upset. We know how tempting this can be and we’ve seen the faces that can break down most humans. But keep your dogs on their regular diets is the best thing for them.

Never use insect repellent made specifically for humans on your pets. It’s not intended for animal use and can cause vomiting, diarrhea, excessive thirst and drooling.

Always provide shade as dogs, just like people, can suffer from heat stroke and exhaustion. See our article on this spread about heat stroke for more on this.

NEVER leave your dog in the car unattended even for just a short time and even with the windows open.

Sure some of these things are common sense and some maybe you hadn’t thought about. But either way, we hope these simple reminders help you keep the basics in mind while you enjoy a safe and happy summer!4

Heat Stroke

Summer is here, and it’s HOT outside! If you and your best friend will be spending time outdoors, make sure that you watch your dog closely for signs of overheating and heat stroke.

Many people don’t even realize that their dog is overheating. That happy, long tongue is letting you know your dog is HOT! Heat stroke is a very real danger for your dog and will cause nausea, loss of consciousness, brain damage, and even death. So, make sure your dog has access to a nice, shady place to cool off, with plenty of fresh water to keep him cool & hydrated.

When it’s really hot outside – even a casual walk can lead to heat stroke especially if your dog is older or out of shape. Keep your exercise routine to early morning or evenings when it’s cooler.

Never leave your dog in your car during hot weather. Dogs left in cars, even with the window cracked open, can overheat very quickly during the summer.

Here’s how to recognize heat stroke in your pet. If your dog is suffering from heat stroke, he will be:

  • Panting excessively
  • Have redness around his eyes
  • Show signs of weakness
  • Irritability
  • May start vomiting
  • Collapse

You can try to cool him down by giving him cool water to drink – not cold water. Cold water may make him vomit.

Try to sponge him down with a cool wet towel or drape damp towels over his body and place him in a cool clean spot like a tile floor or concrete floor, something that doesn’t trap heat like carpeting; and possibly place a low blowing fan on him. Do not submerge the animal in a cold bath or tub of water as this may induce shock.

In extreme cases where your dog’s gums are grayish, his tongue is blue, or he is unconscious, call your veterinarian. Severe heatstroke is an emergency, and you may need to make a quick trip to the veterinarian or emergency clinic.

Information on heatstroke can be found at peteducation.com

Summer tips from the ASPCA and from the AKC