Pet Safety – 10 Summer Safety Tips

Pet Safety

Pet Safety 10 Summer Safety Tips

All this month we are going to be discussing Pet Safety! A topic that all pet owners are always aware of but sometimes just don’t realize there is a potential for an issue until it is too late. That is why we here at Two Little Cavaliers have decided that this month is dedicated to helping keep your pet safe! We know that you all care about Pet Safety but even the most experienced pet owners need a little refresher every once in a while so that we stay aware and on the look out for potential dangers in and around our homes.

10 Summer Safety Tips

1. If you are going for a long walk with your dog plan to go out before 9am or after 4pm. Though depending on the temperature you might need to wait until after 6 or 7pm.

2. Before setting out on your walk place your hand on the ground. If the ground is so hot it hurts to touch it do not make your dog walk on the cement, asphalt, or concrete. It will burn their paws.

3. Do not leave your dog in the car for any amount of time without water and ventilation. I know that sometimes it is not possible to leave your dog home and that you are traveling alone and need to quickly run in somewhere to go to the restroom. Park in the shade. Leave the windows open and water in a bowl. Go in do your thing and then come right back out. Need to stop for lunch? Drive through or run into the location place your order to go and then take your dogs for a walk while you wait for it to be ready. Run back in pick up your food and eat it in the car either with the windows wide open or the air conditioner running.

4. Going to be out and about all day with your dog? Make sure your dog is in the shade. Either bring a pop up tent for your dog to use to get out of the heat, a giant umbrella the entire family can use, or some sort of cooling mat that your dog can rest on.

5. Playing by the pool or lake? Keep a close eye on your dog Show them where and how to get out of the water on their own. Show them where they can just sit or stand in the water to cool off without having to doggy paddle to keep afloat. Not all dogs are great swimmers some will swim from one end of the pool or lake to the other. Other dogs don’t know how to keep their backside up. Get in the water and help them for a bit. They should get the idea or at least not look like they are going to sink.

6. Wait at least an hour between going for a long exercise walk and feeding your dog. While you should never feed a big dog immediately after exercise no matter what time of year it is. Even small dogs that just ran around the yard like crazy will be too hot to be able to digest their food properly. Hold off on dinner until your dog is done panting and maybe even had time for a nap.

7. Know there is a party in your neighborhood with Fireworks? Don’t allow your dog out into the yard unattended. While not all dogs are upset by fireworks no need to take the chance.

8. BBQ at your house? Make sure your dog cannot get near the BBQ with all that meat cooking. You don’t want an accident to happen because the grill was left unattended and those hot dogs and hamburgers were just too much for Fido to ignore. Visit tomorrow for BBQ Safety Tips!

9. Frogs! Frogs are poisonous to dogs. With the summer rain be sure to be on alert for these hopping menaces. Have a problem in your yard? Check out these 5 Tips for Keeping Your Yard Frog Free!

10. Be aware of what your dog is trying to tell you. If they are too hot end play time early. If they seem more sleepy then usual lower the air by 1 degree at a time or put a fan near where they like to sleep. Check their water to make sure that it didn’t get too warm.

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  1. Great advice, i still can’t believe the amount of people who leave dogs in hot cars despite all the warnings.

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  2. Thanks for the advice.
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  3. Great reminders. Did not know about frogs, but mom is terrified of them so she has taught us to avoid them too and we don’t really have any in our yard either.
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  4. Great tips, Felissa! I especially like the tip of placing my hand on the concrete as an indicator of how hot it could be for my dog. Such a simple task, yet I had never thought of doing it until now!

  5. Wonderful tips. We have 3 dogs and we do travel with them, although more in the winter than summer. It’s a good reminder to check out how hot the concrete is…we forget because we have shoes on! Visiting from Something Fabulous Wednesdays!
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  6. I did not know that about frogs! That is so interesting.

  7. I did not know about the frogs either. It’s nice to have these little reminders. Thanks!
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  8. I guess finding useful, reliable information on the internet isn’t hopeless after all.

  9. You have the monopoly on useful information-aren’t monopolies illegal? 😉

  10. That’s a smart answer to a tricky question

  11. I think you’ve just captured the answer perfectly


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