It is summer and we love it! We can spend a lot of time outdoors with our four-legged friend while enjoying the warmth of the sun. But, with summertime comes hidden dangers and an increase in accidents and injuries. Since pets can’t help themselves, it’s up to you to keep them safe. By following these simple guidelines, you can ensure you keep your dog safe over the summer.
Plenty of water
Just like humans, most of a dog’s body is made up of water. Without enough water, they will suffer and get sick – especially when it’s warm. A dog can manage a long time without food, but without water he’s not going to survive. To avoid dehydration, always bring fresh water when you go outside and offer it to your pup at least every thirty minutes. The amount of water always depends on the activity level, size, age and the weather, but as a general rule, an average dog needs to drink between 55 to 110 ml. per kg. per day. Don’t forget to add a bit more when it’s really hot.
Yes, dogs can get sunburned
Many people don’t know, but our furry friends are just as susceptible to painful burns and potential skin cancer as we are. Some dogs are more susceptible to getting burned by the sun, while others have natural protection. White or light-colored pets tend to have fair skin underneath the fur and a greater potential for sun damage (just like people with blonde hair). Hairless breeds, or breeds with thin hair, are also at risk for sunburn. All dogs, regardless of hair thickness, have risk areas such as the nose, face, and ears. The belly is also quite a sunburn target as it is covered with thin and blonde hair. The best way to keep your dog from getting sunburned is simply to provide shade. All you need is a big umbrella at the beach, a tree at a park or a roof for your terrace. When the heat is too intense, your dog will instinctively seek shelter from the sun. Additionally, pets should always have sunblock applied to the sun-sensitive areas. But which products are safe to use? A general rule is that anything safe for human babies is OK to use on pets too. However, it can happen that your dog licks off lotions, spray and creams and since these substances can be toxic it is wise to consult with your veterinarian before using sunblock on your pet.
Fleas & ticks
It’s a fact that fleas and ticks are attracted to your dog. Your pet provides a warm and furry environment for the fleas to have fun in. In the summer, when we all spend more time outside, parasites tend to come out, hungry and looking for a cozy home. And your dog is the perfect spot! It only takes one type of parasite to cause a lot of misery for you and your pet. Therefore, treating these pests is important for the health and comfort of your pet. The best you can do is to give your dog an annual heartworm medication that may be effective against a variety of worms as well. Always be aware of symptoms like ears and belly scratching, loss of appetite or passing diarrhea and bring your furry friend directly to the vet if these symptoms should occur. Any other sign that your pet is simply not feeling like himself deserves a trip to the vet as well. By being aware of your dog’s health, you will go far in preventing parasites and keeping the rest of your family healthy as well.
Dog life jacket
Even though dogs are good swimmers, they can drown just as easily as humans. If you have a pool or go swimming at the beach, a life jacket is a good and important investment. Especially smaller breeds, older dogs and puppies might not have the strength to get out of the water once they’ve fallen in. Anything can happen in water and it pays to be prepared. Life jackets for dogs are available in many different sizes so make sure you get one fitting exactly for your pet. If it doesn’t fit, your pup might slip out of it.
GPS Pet Tracker
A gps pet tracking device is a great idea if you and your dog spend a lot of time outdoors. Especially if you want to bring your pup on holiday – camping or hiking in an unknown area – you should consider investing in a pet tracking device like the Tractive GPS Pet Tracker. Some pets are rather adventure-seeking and you never know if your pup suddenly escapes to explore the area. A lot of pets run off during noisy celebrations that include fireworks, like 4th of July. With a Tractive GPS Tracker you can have your four-legged friend home in no time. The Tractive Tracker is waterproof, so playing by the pool is no problem at all!
The Tractive GPS Tracker works for iOS and Android and is available right here: