When you have a pet, summertime can provide more than just fun and sun. Your dog may be exposed to dangers during summer that aren’t there during other times of the year. Besides the obvious (like installing a dog safety fence) there are plenty of ways to keep your dog safe and cool in the summer.
SIX TIPS TO HELP YOUR DOG STAY SAFE AND COOL
1. Never leave your dog in a parked car.
Not even for a minute. If the temperature outside is 85 degrees, the temperature inside your car can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes! It’s not worth the risk.
2. Watch the humidity.
If the humidity is too high, animals can have a harder time using their built-in panting system to cool themselves. (Be aware that dark-colored dogs absorb more heat than dogs with lighter coats.) If you’re concerned your pet may be overheated, take his temp. A dog’s temperature shouldn’t go over 104 degrees.
3. Provide ample shade and water.
Provide protection from the heat and sun with shelter like a shade tree, covered patio, or tarp. (Dog houses can easily get too hot in the summer.) Dogs get much thirstier than we do on a hot day, so make sure water bowls are filled throughout the day with clear, cool water (add ice cubes to the bowl on especially hot days or freeze beef or chicken broth for a special treat!). If you plan to take your pet out for an extended time, take along a bottle of frozen water so you can provide a cool drink along the way.
4. Guard against pests.
Take preventive steps to guard against ticks, fleas, mosquitos, and other insects that are at their peak during summer months. (Hookworms and heartworms are more prevalent in the summer, so ask your vet how to prevent them.)
5. Watch out for azaleas!
The same shrubs that provide us with so much beauty can be toxic for pets if ingested.
6. Make sure you have a secure dog safety fence.
Since summer brings tempting sights, smells and critters, your pet may be more prone to explore the outdoors. If your yard is not surrounded by a dog safety fence, make sure you keep your dog on a leash while he does his business or needs a little outdoor exercise.
For information about a dog fence that’s just right for your yard and your wallet, contact Accent Fence and we’ll be happy to give you a free estimate. We are an Atlanta-area fence company and we install several types of fences designed specifically for your needs. Call us at 770-995-7463 or visit us online at accentfence.net.
We hope you and your pet have a safe, happy and cool summer!