Summer Safety Plan could save your dog's life
“Summer is just about here and that means fun in the sun. But just like we have rules for sun-safety, keeping your dog safe in the warmer weather is also essential,” says Christine Taylor, Aussie Pooch Mobile Founder.
So follow this fool-proof plan to keep your dog safe in the sun.
Never ever leave your dog alone in a car or any vehicle as it could be fatal. Dogs can't sweat the same way as humans can and even with the windows open, a parked car can quickly become a furnace in no time. Even parking in the shade offers little protection, as the sun shifts during the day.
Always carry cold, fresh water when travelling with your dog as he will get thirsty just as easily as you when it’s hot.
Play safe. The best time for playtime is in the cool of the early morning or evening, but never after a meal or when the weather is humid.
When the temperature is very high, don’t let your dog stand on hot asphalt or concrete as his body can heat up quickly and sensitive paw pads can burn. Keep walks during these times to a minimum unless you can find an alternative surface e.g. cool grass, sand etc.
Spending time at the beach is an Australian tradition in summer, but unless you can guarantee a shaded spot and plenty of fresh water for your dog, leave him at home. But if you do take Fido for a frolic in the sea, make sure you rinse him off afterwards as salt and other minerals found in the sea can damage his coat.
Outdoor dogs should have access to a shady spot and plenty of fresh water - a properly built dog house is best. If you can, let your dog o rest in a cool part of the house, especially if you have air-conditioning.
All dogs, especially those with short hair, white fur, and pink skin can sunburn so limit your dog's exposure during the day and apply an animal-specific sun block to his ears and nose 30 minutes before going outside
Be especially sensitive to older and overweight dogs in hot weather as their bodies are more easily stressed.
Good grooming can prevent summer skin problems such as flea infestation, especially for dogs with heavy coats. Fleas thrive in moist, humid climates and live off the blood from their hosts. This can cause itching from the bite itself or simply from the fleas crawling around under your dog’s coat. Flea bites can also cause an allergic reaction, called flea-bite dermatitis, in certain animals resulting in severe reactions such as intense itching, crusty skin and hair loss.
Heat stroke is a very serious life-threatening disease that can afflict dogs quite rapidly. Dark-colored dogs are particularly prone to heat stroke due to the fact that their dark coat absorbs heat. Stay alert for signs of overheating in pets, which include excessive panting and drooling and mild weakness, along with an elevated body temperature. Heat stroke can affect every organ in the body; if you suspect that this is taking place seek immediate veterinary attention for your pet.
Aussie Pooch Mobile is the World’s First and Premier Dog Wash and Care franchise system Visit www.aussiepm.com.au or phone 1300 369 369
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