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Summer Safety for Your Dog

Our furry friends are just as excited as we are when summer’s warmer weather arrives. Being able to get out and explore nature and get all the sniffs is a dog’s dream. It’s important to remember that although we can regulate our temperature and know when we’re overheating, our pets do not have that luxury. They rely on us to keep them safe. Here are a few tips for ensuring a safe and healthy summer for your canine companion.

An Early Spring Trip to The Vet is a Good Idea

Getting in to see your vet in the early spring can help ensure you have all you need to enjoy the spring and summer. It is important to be sure you are up to date on all your vaccines, as most dog parks will require proof of this so it’s best to be ahead of the game. 

This is also the perfect time to make sure you have your heartworm and flea and tick medication at the ready. The last thing you want after a fun hike in the woods is to bring home some unwanted guests or a deadly disease. Summertime also brings thunderstorms and fireworks! If your buddy doesn’t do well with loud noises now is the time to talk to your vet about possible solutions to ease his anxiety.

Summer Do’s and Don’ts

You may be out playing in the sun and wonder if your dog’s long shaggy hair is making him too hot and reach for the clippers. This is a big don’t, while you may think it could help it can do more harm. Your pet’s hair protects their skin from the sun and keeps them from getting sunburnt. If you think your furry buddy needs a trim, consult with a professional first to make sure it is done correctly. 

While we are aware of our thirst when it gets too hot a dog can’t articulate that to you, so it is your responsibility to make sure you always have water on hand for your friend. Dogs dehydrate quite rapidly, especially on days with high humidity. Dogs are unable to efficiently cool off on humid days, so it is important to be mindful of that and prepared. 

Watch out for other signs of dehydration: excessive panting, drooling, weakness, vomiting, and diarrhea. Having water and a way to provide shade for your buddy can help avoid dehydration. If you find yourself driving to locations be aware that under no circumstances can you leave your dog in the car, even with the air conditioning on, it can be a deadly situation.

Keeping your pets healthy and happy makes your life much easier. They can enjoy the outdoors and the company of other furry friends as well. A dog that is under distress is more likely to act out and could become violent with other dogs and people. Having a well-trained pet can make all the difference when it comes to enjoying outings. 

The professionals at Dog Training Now Charleston can help ensure your pet is ready to take on the summer days without a care in the world. Give them a call today to address any concerns you may have regarding safety and obedience for these summer months.

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