We all know about the concerns with our dogs in the heat, but here are a few other things to watch out for this summer, to help keep your pet safe:
- Sunburn - Yep, you read that right. Dogs get sunburns too! Light colored and thin coated dogs are at a higher risk. If you are going to have your pet out for long periods in the sun, consider applying a waterproof, pet-safe sunscreen, especially on the tips of the ears, nose, around the mouth and back.
- Pad Burns - Those little paws are tough, but don’t quite hold up to hot surfaces like asphalt, concrete, metal and sand. If you can’t handle your hand pressed against the surface for 30 seconds, neither can your dog. Avoid the heat of the day and check the ground before you go out for those walks.
- Fires - Whether campfires or barbecues, keep an eye on your four-legged friends around the fire or keep them on a short leash. They may be inclined to grab a stick from the fire pit or try to lick the barbecue. Avoid those burns!
- Parasites - These little critters are out in full force! Keep your pet healthy and talk to your veterinarian about necessary protection from fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and their ilk to help avoid nasty diseases such as heartworm and Lyme disease.
- Getting Lost - Whether traveling to different cities or camping, unfamiliar surroundings are a risk for losing your dogs. Keep an eye on them, especially when off-leash and make sure your contact information is up to date on their collar at least. If your dog is microchipped, make sure that is up to date as well.