Dog Days of Summer
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
This is a reminder to everyone about what we need to do to keep Man's Best Friend safe and healthy this summer.
During the summer, protect your dog from the sun’s strong rays. Keep him/her indoors or in the shade between 10 am and 4 pm. If you do plan on taking him out in the sun for a long stretch of time between those hours, ask your pet’s vet to recommend a nontoxic sunblock (SPF 15 or 30) to put on the tips of his ears, the top of his nose and around his mouth—any of the places where there’s hardly any protective fur.
Caution: If you have a molded-plastic pet carrier, do not use it in hot weather. If you need to transport your pet in it, be aware that the heat inside can build up and present a real danger to your pet.
Do not leave your pet in a parked car-even with the windows down on a day where it is in the 80's, the temperature can rise quickly if the vehicle is in the sun and dog's do not sweat like humans sot it is very dangerous to them.
Be sure to keep plenty of water available for your pet and even consider adding ice to it to help them cool down. If they look in distress, call your vet immediately.