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Friday, 03 June 2011 16:09

Dogadillo's Summer Tips for your dog

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The dog days of summer are approaching and you can tell by the sparkle in Fido’s eyes
that he can’t wait to get outside in the sun to run, swim, hike, and enjoy all the other
great outdoor activities. Before you grab Fido’s leash and head outside there are a few
things for you to think about to keep your dog safe while you two are having fun in the
sun.
Heat Safety-
Dogs aren't as efficient at cooling down as humans are, since they release most of their
body heat through the pads of their feet and by panting. This makes them more
susceptible to heatstroke. Some ways to avoid over heating is to:
Exercise in the early mornings or at dusk and not during the hottest part of the day.
Keep in mind that asphalt gets very hot and can burn your pet's paws. We have several
items such as Visiglo light up collars and leashes and a Spotlit L.E.D. light for Fido’s
collar to keep you and your dog safe when you are out at night.
Dogs with medium and long hair should be well-groomed in the summer. Long or thick
hair can become tangled and matted and will trap the heat. Regular use of the
FURminator Deshedding Tool can remove tremendous amounts of undercoat fur and
keep Fido light and cool.
Dogs can get sunburned just like us, especially dogs with thin or light coats and pink
skin. If you are going to be spending time outside with your dog you should apply
sunscreen to his nose and ears before you head out. Try Flea the Scene an insect
spray with an all-natural sunscreen.
Be sure your dog always has access to fresh cool water. Remember that water will
vaporize on extremely hot days so refill your dogs outside water bowl through out the
day. When you are on the go with Fido bring a collapsible Travel Bowl or a Pet Top (a
top that allows your dog to drink from a water bottle) with you.
If your dog is going to be outside in the heat, keep him comfortable with the Cool-It
Bandana.
If your dog does become overheated you need to lower his body temperature
immediately. Move your dog to a cool place, out of the sun and give him water. Immerse
the dog in cool, not cold, water or very gently pour cool water on him. Place ice packs
on his head and neck and a fan in front of the dog. Once the dog has cooled down take
him to your vet.
Some signs of heatstroke include excessive panting, bright-red tongue and gums,
vomiting, wide eyes, thick saliva, diarrhea, lethargy, and body temperature of 104-110F
degrees.
Water Safety-
If you’re lucky, you and your dog will get to spend some time playing in the water,
whether it is a pool, lake or the ocean. Check out our selection of Water Toys and our
water-proof Rubber Collars that are perfect for the dog who never wants to get out of
the water. Even dogs who are good swimmers can get into trouble in the water. Make
sure your dog knows how to get out of the pool and never leave your dog unsupervised
around water. As an extra precaution, not every dog knows how to swim, for dogs who
are not great swimmers you can get them a Life Jacket. When you are getting out of
the ocean be sure to rinse Fido from head to tail, the salt and sand can be irritation to
their paws and ears. Always clean their ears after every swim, bath or rinse try our new
all-natural Ear Cleanser. Don’t forget to put sunscreen on your dog when he is out in
the sun; try our Flea the Scene insect spray and sunscreen.
Car Safety-
Most dogs love to go for rides in cars and we all love to take our dogs out with us, but
during the heat of the summer the car is not always the safest place for your dog.
You should never leave your dog unattended in a car. Even with windows cracked, and
even on an outwardly nice day, temperatures in a car can quickly rise to 20 degrees
above what the outside temperature is. If you will have to leave your dog in the car then
you should not bring the dog along with you on your outing.
Cracked windows do not provide sufficient air, but they do provide an opportunity for
someone to steal your pet or your car.
It might be fun and cute for the dog to sit in your lap. However, your dog is not safe in
this position and, in fact; you may endanger yourself and others if you are not able to
drive properly.
Just like we need to be safely secured in a car, so do our pets. They should travel in an
appropriately sized crate or be fasten in by a Harness Seat Belt.
Dogs who like to stick their head out of car windows need to be careful because there
are insects, gravel particles, and other flying debris that can cause eye injuries. If your
dog likes to stick his head out the window getting him a pair of Doggles is a great idea.
Not only will his eyes be protective from debris and UV rays Fido will be stylish in his
eyewear.
Pick –Up Trucks
There are many possible dangers for a dog riding in the back of an open pick-up, even if
it is only for a few blocks. When riding in the hot summer sun, dogs can become
overheated and suffer heatstroke. Insects, gravel particles, and other flying debris can
cause eye injuries, or lodge in the throat or nasal passages and cause serious
problems.
Sudden braking, swerving, or even hitting a pothole or bump in the road, can throw a
dog out of a truck. It is not a good idea to attach a dog's leash or chain to the inside of
an open pick-up truck. If a dog tries to jump out or is thrown from the truck, it could be
hanged or seriously injured by being dragged along the road before the driver ever
realizes what happened.
Never put a dog in a truck bed covered by a tarp or a metal or plastic shell made to fit
right over the bed. Temperatures inside will quickly become unbearable in warm
weather. Regardless of outdoor temperatures, a pet inside a covered truck bed without
ventilation can become a victim of carbon monoxide poisoning.
If your dog must ride in the back of a pick-up truck, the dog should be put in a covered
crate and securely fasten to the truck bed. Be sure to park in the shade and to provide
the dog with water.
Covering a pick up truck bed with a fiberglass shell that has screened windows that can
be opened for cross ventilation is a good way to safely transport pets in a pickup truck.
The shell provides protection in bad weather and it can be locked so no one else can
get to the dogs. Add blankets or a rubber bed liner for comfort and a secure crate for
longer trips.
If there's no room for your dog to ride in the cab with you, and you can't provide the
security of a camper shell or at least a secure crate for protection from the weather, you
should leave your dog safely at home.
Travel Safety-
What’s a family vacation with out your beloved dog? With more places allowing your to
bring your dog with you on trips there are some things to think about to keep Fido safe
on the journey.
When on a trip, it's tempting to skimp on the food and water to avoid extra pit stops.
While you do want to cut back a little, just for your dog's comfort while on the go, do
make sure your dog gets enough to drink or eat. If you are driving with a dog, you want
to plan for plenty of stops to let him out to walk around, use the bathroom (don’t forget
to carry Poop Bags) and to give him food and water. Check out our selection of
collapsible Travel Bowls and Travel Feedbags.
Even if your dog has never walked on a leash, a trip is no time to go free and easy. All it
takes is a cat darting into the highway to lure your dog to danger. Also, your dog (and
you) will be in a strange place, which will make it that much harder to find her if she gets
loose.
Sometimes even all the safety measures in the world are no match for a clever dog who
is determined to explore the new area he is visiting. Before your trip, get your dog a
properly fitting Collar and an ID Tag with plenty of contact information, we
recommended your cell phone number with area code so that you can be reached while
you are traveling.
Even thought a lot of small dogs can fly with their owners in the cabin of the plane, most
dogs have to fly in cargo with no climate controls. If you have to fly your dog you should
do it during the spring and fall when the temperature isn't too hot or cold.
Lawn Safety-
Before you go out and get your hands dirty working in your yard remember that the
same products that will make your lawn lush and green can also cause serious health
problems for your pets.
Contact with herbicides can cause vomiting, excess salivation, problems with the central
nervous system, and even sudden death. Before any lawn treatment is applied to your
yard remove all outdoor food and water bowls. Keep your pets inside while the
chemicals are being applied and keep them off the grass for at least 24 hours after the
application. If your dog does come into contact with the freshly treated lawn wash his
paws off immediately with soap and water.
Most Slug and Snail bait is highly poisonous to pets so be sure to read the labels before
you put any down in your yard. There are commercial bait traps or pellet holders that
you can use to keep the bait out of reach of pets.
Ingestion of mouse and rat poison is another danger. The poisons usually come in
cardboard containers filled with pellets. Some dogs will try to chew through the
cardboard to get into the bait so place them in spots where it will be out of reach for
your dog.
When you are done using your herbicides and pesticides be sure that the lids are
securely tighten on the bottles. It is a good idea to place bags or boxes, new and used,
inside of plastic storage containers and to make sure you properly dispose of empty
containers to keep them away from your pets as wells as little kids.
The ingredient in chocolate, Theobromine that causes it to be toxic to dogs is found in
more than just candy. Cocoa Mulch is made from cocoa bean shells and contains
potentially toxic quantities of Theobromine. Pet owners should not use cocoa bean
mulch in their yards, it smells like chocolate to the dogs and they may try to eat it.
Some dogs will try to catch or swat at bees. When a dog gets stung, it is usually around
the mouth, nose or on a front paw. Some signs that your dog has been stung are
scratching his head, rubbing his head on the ground, bumps or swelling around the
head, face, mouth, tongue, or paws, excessive salivation, or finding the stinger. If you
do find the stinger still in your dog, carefully remove it with tweezers and then apply a
cold compress to the spot. You can also apply a paste made from baking soda and
water to help relieve the area. Just like humans some dogs can be allergic to stings, if
your dog has a severe reaction, get him to a veterinarian immediately.
July 4th Safety-
Pets often become frightened and frantic by the noise and commotion of Independence
Day. In fact, animal shelters across the country are accustomed to receiving "July 4th"
dogs—dogs that run off during fireworks celebrations and are brought to the shelter.
Fortunately, preventing pet problems on Independence Day is possible by simply
planning ahead and taking some basic precautions.
Don’t leave your dogs outside; bring them inside for their protection. If this is not
possible, cover their crate with a blanket to offer them a little protection from the bright
flashes and loud bangs.
Keep windows and curtains closed to help reduce the noise and bright flashes of the
fireworks.
Some animals can become destructive when they are frightened, so be sure to remove
any thing that your pet could destroy or that could harm your pet if chewed.
Leave a television or radio playing at normal volume to keep him company while you're
attending Fourth of July celebrations.
Make sure your pets are wearing ID Tag so that if they do become lost, they can be
returned promptly. If you see any dogs running around they should be taken to your
local animal shelter so that they can be reunited with their owners.