The outdoors brings an array of aromas, interactions, and adventures for dogs to experience. Whether it’s the smells of the barbecue three blocks down, going to the dog park in the afternoon, or just rolling around in the backyard grass, it’s more than enough to overwhelm a pooch formerly cooped up indoors for months due to inclement weather.
With summer right around the corner, we feel it fitting to focus on ways to keep furry friends safe as they begin to spend more time outdoors. Not only because we love our dogs, but because they provide a benefit to our lives which is almost impossible to replace.
Here are some tips for dog owners to keep their canines from harm as they embark on another summer of interesting aromas, exciting interactions, and an array of adventures:
Pet Safe Pest Control
When things warm up, bugs and other critters tend to show up in greater numbers. While mostly harmless and oftentimes beneficial to the environment, certain species cause more harm than good and need to go. In some cases, depending on where someone lives, these pests can pose a danger to pets in the form of venomous bites or aggressive attacks.
Steps to ward off dangerous or otherwise destructive bugs and vermin from property need to be done with particular caution if a home has children or pets. Indiscriminately spraying chemicals and setting traps can cause a curious dog to become hurt or worse. If it’s a case of full blown infestation, calling in a pest control service will be the best option to keep pets safe. Companies like Moxie pest control servicing several cities across the US are experienced with homes with pets and know how to target unwanted critters without putting dogs in harm’s way. This allows our canine companions to continue patrolling the perimeter without getting their snouts stung or paws in poison.
With the exception of those kept shaved or naturally hairless, dogs are always wearing fur coats. So when they run around in the summer, it’s like jogging in winter clothes when it’s 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Fortunately, the signature panting of dogs helps keep them cool despite this seemingly heat-stroke inducing arrangement.
Panting, however, relies on a very moist tongue and mouth to provide the evaporating effect needed to induce cooling in a canine. It’s therefore essential for dogs outdoors in the heat to have constant access to a source of water, or in the case of dog walks are allowed to stop and drink water every 20 minutes or so. Otherwise, all the panting in the world won’t keep a pooch cool in the summer heat.
Dogs don’t have any concept of speed limits, stop signs, green lights, sidewalks, and so forth. They probably know to avoid those huge, shiny, and loud creatures roaring past, but consistently predicting how these mysterious beings will maneuver is something lost on dogs for the most part. Sure, service dogs are proof they can obtain a basic sense of traffic safety, but let’s be real – our typical Fido is not a service dog.
Therefore, dog owners need to always be alert when it comes to their pet’s proximity to oncoming traffic. With summer getting us outside more often, the chances of dogs getting close to moving vehicles increases. Do what it takes to keep a beloved canine from becoming one of the over one million dogs killed on the roads every year. Keep a tight leash close to busy roads, and never let a dog wander off when living close to a busy intersection.
Toxic Toys and Choking Hazards
Stores will soon be putting summer items front and center for shoppers to see. Toys for dogs will certainly be among the products put on the endcap of shelves. Often brightly colored and squeaky, they’re great for giving a dog something to catch outside in the months ahead.
However, many of these toys are manufactured overseas with minimal concern for the toxicity of the materials used in the production process. Play it safe by sticking with toys made domestically. Furthermore, play close attention to chewed up toys for any potential choking hazards present. These can come in the form of the squeaker box within the toy or the rubber lining of a ripped open tennis ball.
There’s really no better time for a dog than summer. With that said, it’s important for our furry friends to stay safe. That, for the most part, depends on their owner.