“It’s summertime and the living is easy,” or so goes the Sam Cooke song. Summertime means fun, sun, and lots of play outdoors if you’re a dog — or a dog owner, for that matter. But as much fun as summer can be for you and your dog, there are a few safety tips that will hopefully make the warmest of all seasons safe and carefree for all concerned.
Slip, slop, slap
As the Australian mantra is known to all Down Under, it means slip on a shirt, slop on some sunscreen, and slap on a hat. This technique can be applied to your dog as well, especially if he’s of a short-haired variety. Dress your dog in a shirt, put pet-safe sunscreen on his ears and nose, and if you can’t get him to put on a hat, keep him in the shade often — this will help prevent cases of sunburn or even heatstroke in your pup.
Not a fun summer activity for anyone, especially your dog. Nip this potential summer dampener in the butt and give Rover access to shade and lots of water. A pair of cool shades wouldn’t hurt either. Signs of heatstroke include excessive panting, drooling, rapid pulse, and fever.
Dogs love to run and play on grassy areas. But make sure you keep your pup in the designated “doggy areas,” because fertilizers may be used in non-dog areas, which are harmful to your pooch. A safe bet is taking Fido to your favorite dog park (check out the PetMD Finder for parks in your area). Remember, not all grass is created equal.