Happy Tails of the Week - July 16th, 2019

Dog Days of Summer

Not only do we live up to our motto “until they all have a home...” by making sure our dogs find the perfect family, we also like to make sure we’re keeping our pets safe in the brutal summer heat that’s bearing down on us! Keep your dog in top shape during the warmer months with these care tips.

  • NEVER leave your dog in an unattended car in warm weather for any length of time. The temperature inside a car gets much hotter than the outside weather, even with the windows cracked open.

  • If you’re going to be out for more than an hour or so, bring a jug of ice or water for them drink as needed.

  • If it is a very hot day, check the pavement, especially black top. If it feels hot to you, it will be hot for your puppy’s paws.

  • Letting a puppy cool off in a pond or pool is a fun way to relax, but be sure they don’t drink too much of the water in the pond or pool.

  • After a pup swims in a chlorinated pool, try to rinse it off with fresh water from a hose. Chlorine can be an irritant to the skin, eyes, or ears of some dogs.

  • Remember to give your pup its monthly heartworm pill.

  • Heartworms, ticks and fleas are more of a problem in warmer months and can cause serious health problems, remember to give your pup its flea and tick control product to protect your dog from infestation and illness.

  • Avoid using cocoa mulch, pesticides, fertilizers and other gardening products that can pose hazards to pets, and encourage your neighbors to do the same.

  • Summertime can also bring major weather events like hurricanes and tornados. Remember, never leave your pets behind – if conditions aren’t safe for you, they are not safe for your pets. Visit humanesociety.org/disaster for tips on disaster preparedness.

  • Sunburn is a danger for pets who spend time outdoors. Use a pet-friendly sunscreen to protect your pet from the sun’s harmful rays, which can cause skin cancer especially of the ears and nose