If you see something, say something. The Animal Rescue League of Boston has put together what steps you, as a citizen, can take to keep pets safe during the hot summer. Be sure to note the anti-tethering statute.
Wow! It’s getting hot out there! Temperatures are already hitting the 90’s on some days and the humidity has increased as well. As humans, we cope by switching to shorts, tank tops, drinking lots of water and taking breaks indoors or in the shade. We produce quite a bit of sweat and take extra showers. That works for us but what about our pets? Read our summer safety tips to help keep your best friend healthy.
Know the signs (labored breathing, disorientation, thick saliva, sunken eyes, dark urine, restlessness, vomiting, diarrhea, purple tongue or collapse). When it’s hot, make sure you’re not overdoing it—especially with short nosed breeds like Frenchies, Pugs, English Bulldogs. If you think your dog may be experiencing heat stroke get to a veterinarian immediately!
Make sure your pets always has plenty of cool, fresh water. You can drop an ice cube into your pet’s bowl on hot days, or give him one as a treat. If you take Fido out and about, always bring water with you. You may want to get collapsible dishes or a doggy water bottle with a dispenser.
Be careful not to overexert your pooch in the heat. On sweltering days, limit your furry friend’s outdoor time during the middle of the day. Walk him and play with him in the mornings and evenings, when it’s cooler out.
Dogs’ paw pads are very delicate. Your canine companion can get burns or abrasions by running or walking on hot surfaces, like pavement or sand. Try to keep Fido on grass as much as possible and take walks during the cooler hours early in the morning or in the evening.
Does your furry buddy love swimming? Feel free to indulge Fido with a trip to your favorite pet-friendly swimming spot. Just put your pup’s safety first. Supervise your dog closely when he’s swimming, and never leave him unattended near water and make sure Fido knows where, and how to access, the pool exit. If you take your pup out on the open water, be sure to get a life vest for your dog.
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