With the Memorial Day weekend comes the official start of
3) Leash: All dogs outside their home or yard should be kept on a leash 100% of the time! This protects others who may not be comfortable around dogs, as well as protects your dog from wandering off, chasing an animal, or even falling off a hillside or trail.
4) Trails: Be sure that dogs are allowed where you are hiking or camping. Not all trails allow dogs. Be sure to also clean up after your dog potties. Nobody enjoys walking a trail and finding dog poop.
5) Don’t Overdo: Even dogs can suffer from heat related illness. Keep this in mind, along with you dog’s current physical condition, before planning your walk.
6) Check Paws: Check your dog’s paws for any tiny rocks or thorns, anything that could irritate them or cause injury. Also remember that the pads of the paws are sensitive, especially to heat. If the path you are walking is blacktop or cement, consider walking your dog in the grass, or wiping the paws with a little water now and then to help cool them.
7) Swimming: Not all dogs can swim! If you are allowing your dog to swim, consider a doggie life vest. When your dog is done swimming, either bathe or at least rinse him off well to clean off the pond/creek water. Also be sure to clean the ears with a pet ear cleaner and cotton balls to remove any debris and excess water and avoid ear infections.
8) Cars: Remember that the insides of cars heat up very fast, even with windows cracked and on a day you may perceive as cool. Never leave your dog unattended in a car! Unattended dogs will find things to keep them busy, which could be searching our dropped food under the seats, snacks or coins in the cup holders, or chewing your leather seats.
By remembering these tips, you and your dog can have a safe and fun summer!
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