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Pet summer safety guide

Summer is probably the funnest time of the year because in summer we can enjoy so many different activities and really bring out our inner adventurer. But summer is also time when many tend to suffer different injuries from heat strokes and dehydration to broken bones and other bumps and bruises. Unfortunately we humans aren’t the only ones who are prone to summer trauma, our pets too can just as easily get a heatstroke or a broken paw, so read this pet summer safety guide to prevent your cute animals from getting injured.

Be wary of heatstroke

dog heat stroke

One of the most common animal summer injury is in fact heatstroke. Many animals have trouble of regulating their body temperature during the hot summer days, since they cannot sweat like us humans can. That is why we need to do everything in our power to avoid our pets getting too hot and developing further overheating symptoms. One of the ways you can do that is to keep the coats of your pets long. Yes, you heard it, you should keep the coats long in the summer too, because pet’s coat actually helps them regulate their body temperature. Just make sure that the coat is well brushed and not tangled, since only then the coat will provide better air circulation allowing your pet to regulate their body temperature. On top of that also try to avoid walking your pet in the hottest time of the day. Usually temperature is the highest somewhere between noon and four p.m. which is why you should get into the habit of walking your pet before and after these periods. In summer I would recommend to walk your dog in early morning before the heat has hit and then in the evening when the temperature is cooling down again to really let your pet enjoy the walk not wishing for it to be over sooner.

Invest in a pet life-jacket

life jacket

If you like to spend a lot time on or in the water during the summer and usually your pet is whit you, then I would recommend to invest in a pet sized life-jacket. This will not only ensure that your pet is safer while in the water keeping you dog above the water, but a life-jacket will also make sure that your pet can be seen even from a further distance, so if your pet gets lost he or she will be seen by swimmers or other boaters and get rescued. Just make sure that you let your pet adjust to the life-jacket at first, since it can be very uncomfortable at first. Speaking of rescue, I would also make sure to monitor your pet in the water just like you would monitor a child, since not all pets are strong swimmers. And also teach your pet how to get out of the water, be it a pool or a lake, especially if your dog is still a puppy, because this will make sure that your pet knows how to get out of the water once it is necessary for him or her.

Know what you plant in your garden

azaleas

And lastly also be sure that you know that all of the plants and flowers you are planting in your garden where you know your pet will spent a lot of time are pet safe. For example make sure you don’t plant any azaleas in your garden since they can be very toxic to pets if they ingest them. Also I would avoid planting lilies in your garden if you are a cat owner, because their pollen can cause kidney problems for them. And finally make sure you know what type of plant food you are using, since ones that contain insecticides or other chemicals can be fatal to some animals.

Tick prevention for dogs

Bugs such as ticks are a huge worry for humans, because ticks in particular carry many harmful diseases, that can make us sick for a ling while and damage our health for the rest of our lives. However, ticks can be just as harmful to pets, too, since some of the diseases also are bad for dogs, cats and other pet. On top of that they are extremely hard to remove, so it is better to prevent your pets from getting ticks in the first place. And there are some simple thing you can use to do it.

The first thing you can do to prevent ticks from latching onto your pet is you can use different external preventatives. Many people say to just limit your pets from snooping in tic infested areas, but man times pets get ticks even by running around your backyard, so in my opinion it will be much more efficient to just use something so your pet doesn’t attract so many ticks than to don’t let your dog or cat roam your garden or yard. One of the external preventative options is a herbal tick powder or spray, that is made with different plant based oils that are natural tick repellents. You can even make these types of powders or sprays yourself by mixing just a couple of simple ingredients and dusting or spraying your pet with the mixture. The other thing that you can use is a tick collar that could even be an easier fix, as sometimes animals don’t like to stand still and wait while you treat them with a tick repellent. But if your pet is one of the rare ones who like bathing then you can even use a tick shampoo on your pet before the tick season and then a couple of times during it. The shampoo will not only repel ticks but also will remove the ones that are already attached to your pets skin, which also can be very helpful.

For the best results, experts suggest using a couple of different tick repelling and prevention product together, as that way you will be able to provide your pet with the best protection. So on top of using a one or a few different external preventives, you can also use ones that your pet actually need to consume. It is believed that things like Garlic and Apple Cider Vinegar are able to make your pet’s blood less attractive to ticks. Just don’t feed your animal a large amount of garlic or vinegar, as that can harm its health. You can add about two table spoons of apple cider vinegar to your pets food or water or just mix a small amount of garlic in its food, and you pet should be more resistant against ticks.

Interesting activities for dogs

Dogs are called man’s best friends and not without reason, because they are loyal, sweet, trusting creatures that will protect you no matter what. But they also like to have fun and run around, so to make your dogs life a little bit more interesting and exciting, you should try one of these interesting activities with your dog, and I can guarantee that you as well as your dog will be entertained.

Doga

doga

You probably have heard about the yoga pose called Downward dog, but did you know that actual dog yoga is also a thing? It even has its own name and it is called doga, you know dog + yoga. I know that it does sound a little bit silly to do yoga with your dog, but it actually can be the perfect way how to combine your own fitness with dog training. It incorporates such things like stretching, massage as well as meditation and can let you and your pet form the ultimate connection. And even though there have been some criticism towards doga from the yoga as well as animal rights communities, if it seems like something you and your dog could try out, why not go for it? If anything else it will make for a fun experience and even funnier story to tell your friends.

Surfing

surfing with dog

If you know how to surf then why not try surfing with your dog on your board, too? Surfing is a fun way how to spend your time in the water and breathing fresh air, and on a hot day surfing with thei inevitable wipe-out will help you and your canine cool off. And even though I haven’t tried surfing with my dog yet, from what I hear it is very fun and after you catch your first wave, your dog will be the first to get back on the board for the next one. Then after surfing you can hand out on the beach and play catch to end off your fun day filled with dog friendly activities.

Hiking

Hiking With dog

Then there is hiking of coarse, that also is a fun experience for you and your dog, not to mention also a great workout, so you don’t have to spend hours in the gym. If you live in the city and the most running around your dog usually has is around the dog park then hiking will be especially fun for your pet. Hiking trails usually are set in wooded or hilly areas which in itself is a change for you and your pet, and the added effort that you and your dog will have to put into your walk to get to the end of the trail will only benefit you both. But if you aren’t a huge hiking person, try it our regardless, because your dog might be what was missing on your last hike with only fellow humans, because dogs tend to push us further and make any walk more fun.

Hide-and-seek

Hide-and-seek With dog

And if all else fails you can always play hide-and-seek with your dog. Take one of its toys or an item of clothing and hide it somewhere in your house or any other surroundings you might be in. And then tell your furry friend to seek for this item. It will not only be fun but also beneficial to your dog, since it will help it develop better tracking abilities, that always can come in handy in many different situation.

Help your pet survive the summer heat

In the summer, there are many occasions when temperatures rise beyond warm and then we all are searching for ways how to cool of and survive the heat. But pet owners have additional struggle during the heat waves, as they have to find ways how to help their pets t cool off, so they, too, don’t suffer from heat stroke or other heat related illnesses. So here are some tips on how to protect your pets from the heat.

Heat strokes in animals occur when their normal body temperatures rise so high that their bodies cannot lower it to a normal temperature anymore. And since most pets like dogs aren’t able to sweat, it is quite hard for them to deal with their heat. So one thing any pet parent can do to prevent your pets from getting a heat stroke is to give your furry friend plenty of water. Dogs and cats need to hydrate especially in hot weather just like us humans do, so make sure you refill the water bowl of you cat or dog so that your pet is as happy as he can be during the heat.

Another thing to remember is to not let your pet on hot surfaces for long periods of time. Asphalt and cement especially heat up a great deal during the summer and since your pets don’t have the protection of shoes and they are naturally closer to the ground, they can suffer from the heat that is radiated off of these surfaces. So if you can keep the walks to the minimum or walk your pet in a shaded area with a trail or grass for surface, so your dog or cat doesn’t burn their paw pads and don’t receive unnecessary heat from the ground.

Anybody who has grow longer hair in the summer knows that the longer your hair is, the hotter it is for your head. The same goes for animals, so, if it is possible, try to give your pet as short of a haircut as you can. This way it will be easier for your pet to deal with the heat. Just don’t shave your pet, as pets need at least inch long fur, so their skin doesn’t get sunburn.

dog swimming

On top of that you can also bring your pet to your local pond or river for a swim or mist cool water of your pet. This way you can also help to bring your pets body temperature down, which will ensure that they don’t overheat and don’t require veterinary assistance.

Dog owners also shouldn’t muzzle their pets when it is very hot outside, as that will restrict their ability to pant. And since panting is one of the main ways how dogs cool off their body temperature, muzzling can prevent your dog from getting some much needed cooling off and therefore rise the chance of your dog getting a heat stroke.