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Summer Safety Tips for Your Dog

Beware Christine’s Wrath

Actually, we canít quite remember if Stephen Kingís old classic, Christine, was about a demon car or a killer car, but it doesnít matter. Point is, donít leave Rover in the car during the hot summer months — or at any time, for that matter. Not even if youíre going into the store for only a few minutes. The heat in a car can quickly rise to lethal levels. So, either take him with you or leave him at home when you go shopping.

The Antifreeze Situation

Antifreeze is something to watch out for year ’round. Dogs find it delicious and even in very small amounts itís very poisonous. But cars tend to overheat more and leak antifreeze during the summer, so be on the watch when walking your dog.

Dogs With Nautical-Themed Pashmina Afghans

If your dog is on a boat, as The Lonely Island’s hit song would say, then he’d better know how to swim (that’s right, not all dogs know how to swim). And even if your pooch can swim, a doggy life vest is a must. After all, rip currents are a killer, even for dogs with the best swimming abilities. You never know when accidents will happen while sailing on the high seas.

A few more pointers.

You should definitely make sure the doggyís ID and registration is up to date. Fido might get over-excited and take off, but at least youíll be able to track him down. And in the really hot days of summer, take him for a walk when itís cooler — early evening or early morning is best. Last of all, make sure youíre up to date with flea and tick meds — this is the season where they come out in droves.

So, forget easy going. Summertime for you and your pooch should be plain ol’ easy.

Image: Claudio Gennari / via Flickr

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5:18AM PDT on Apr 30, 2015

A shirt for your dog? Seriously?

7:53AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

thanks for sharing :)

4:06AM PDT on Jun 21, 2012

Thanks Nicolas for the tips.

2:35PM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

thank u!

12:44PM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

I swear,if I have to go into a store and tell someone about a dog locked in a car one more time...

If you wouldn't want to sit in a hot,closed up car,neither would your dog!!

8:32AM PDT on Jun 19, 2012

Thanks for this article.

8:53PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

Thank You

7:57PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

In the summer, I always take a bottle of "dog water" with me on hikes and longer walks in the park with Zoey. She's so active that it doesn't take much to make her thirsty.

6:57PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

If you can't take them in the store then leave them home where they will be safe!

6:56PM PDT on Jun 18, 2012

Great article & I emphasize - DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES LEAVE YOU DOG IN THE CAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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