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Three Tips To Keep Your Dog Safe This Summer

Summertime is the most anticipated time of year. Between the warm weather, sunshine, and never-ending activities, it’s easily the happiest season. However, with the change of seasons comes new health hazards that can be a detriment to your dog. Here are three vital tips for keeping your dog safe this summer to ensure an enjoyable summer vacation for your whole family.

Use Flea and Tick Medication

It’s better to be proactive than reactive, which is why your dog should be on flea and tick medication. Fleas and ticks are more prominent in the summer as they thrive in humid conditions and have easier access to your pet as they spend more time outdoors. It’s important to make sure your pet is up-to-date on their preventative flea and tick medications to ensure they do not fall victim to these parasitic creatures.

Provide Your Dog with Shade and Hydration

Dogs get thirsty far quicker than humans, and while they may love to sunbathe, spending too much time in direct sunlight is not safe for their health and well-being. Whether your pet is roaming around your property or basking in the sun, it’s important to ensure they have a never-ending supply of clean, fresh water to keep them hydrated and happy. It’s also essential to limit their time spent lounging in the hot summer sun to avoid overheating. Provide them with a shaded area or bring them inside to cool down to ensure their body temperature remains between 99.5 to 102.5 degrees Fahrenheit.

Familiarize Yourself with the Symptoms of Overheating

When your dog is exposed to too much heat they do not have the ability to sweat and regulate their body temperature, which leads them to overheat. To avoid dangerous and sometimes fatal outcomes associated with overheating, familiarize yourself with the following symptoms, including:

–        Excessive panting

–        Diarrhea

–        Vomiting

–        Red or very dry gums

–        Shakey movement

–        Lethargy

To discover more tips on keeping your pet safe, happy, and healthy this summer, contact your local veterinarian today for more information on summer pet safety!