Summer Safety and Health: What Dog Owners Need to Know Now

Has your dog taken up camp by the door, looking at you with his big eyes? Maybe he has his leash in his mouth or jumps like a puppy every time you come near? You’re not the only one who experienced a case of cabin fever over the long winter; your pet wants to get out there and play! How can you make the best of the dog days of summer – and ensure your best friend stays safe, healthy, and happy?

Common Summer Safety Risks

Summer. Time to let your cares float away with the warm, gentle breezes. But wait – don’t let them float too far. You still need to use caution when it comes to the health and wellbeing of your pets. Some of the dangers warm temperatures bring:

Cars. A road trip with Fido is a great way to spend an afternoon, as long as enough cool air is circulating. When you make a quick stop, though, temperatures can quickly rise. A pleasant 78-degree day heats a car up to a deadly 100 – 120 degrees in just minutes. Never leave your dog in these dangerous conditions.

Ticks. When your dog is active outdoors, he faces exposure to ticks. These parasites, which can carry Lyme disease and other illnesses, tend to hide out in tall grass and wooded areas. After time spent in the yard or on hiking trails, make sure to check your pet for ticks. Ask your vet about a safe, effective repellent.

Dehydration. Dehydration is a serious condition that can cause lasting damage to your pet’s health. To prevent this (and a trip to the vet for intravenous fluids) make sure to keep the water bowl full. Vets recommend that dogs drink 8.5 to 17 ounces of water per 10 pounds of body weight each day. So, if your pet weighs 50 pounds, he needs 42-84 ounces of water to stay hydrated.

UV Exposure. Can a dog get sunburn? He sure can, especially if he has short or pale fur. And if your dog has short legs, he faces more exposure from the ground as it reflects light up. Keep your pet out of the sun during peak hours (noon to 3:00pm) or choose well-shaded areas. Use sunscreen on his nose and ears (but be careful not to get it in his eyes).

Injuries. Make sure you have a pet-centric first aid kit, containing bandaging gauze, tweezers, antiseptic wipes, tape, a muzzle strip to prevent bites, and other necessities. The Humane Society has a comprehensive list to help you stock your kit. Also brush up on dog first aid before setting out on your adventures.

Good Clean Fun

Here’s another common summer danger: stinky dog! Whether your dog spent the day sweating his tail off or took a plunge in a cool lake, he comes home happy – and smelly. After you check for ticks, it’s time to get serious about stink.

Select an enzymatic cleaner with Ordenone. Look for a product that is non-toxic and biodegradable so you feel safe and comfortable using it on your pet – and then having your pet plunk himself down on your sofa or carpets where your kids play.

The Ordenone in the cleaner captures the malodors, rendering them powerless, while the enzymes completely break down the organic matter which causes the odor. The result: a clean, fresh-smelling pooch. You can spray the product right onto your dog to achieve fast, convenient results. In fact, you can use it every day as part of your canine spa treatment (aka smell remediation strategy).

Summer is meant for Frisbee in the backyard, sandy runs, cool swims, and other outdoor excursions. With a few simple safety precautions and a bottle of enzymatic cleaner, you and your furry friend will be ready for anything.