Hi, thanks for checking back in at the Good Dog Food Store. I am Tasha and today I am going to tell you about summer safety for your dog. The weather is nice and its great to be outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine. But did you know what is one of the biggest threats to dogs outside? Dehydration. Yup, even on a day that seems cool we need a constant source of clean cool water. Our bodies are much smaller than humans and we do not store as much water in reserve as you do. ( You guys don’t store as much as you think either so make sure to always stay hydrated). Even inside we rely on you to provide us with a sufficient amount of water. Water is the life force behind all biological organisms. Water is plentiful, cheap and necessary so please provide your dog with an adequate supply.

Another big threat to your dog is heat exhaustion and in severe cases heat stroke. Your dog needs shelter from the sun, even if you are only putting them outside for a few hours.  A shade tree is not adequate protection. ( The earth moves, and the shade disappears). Dog houses or some other type of sturdy safe structure that your dog has access to should be provided. And remember what was a nice day when you left often turns into a windy rainy day and they need someplace to go. This is just one example, there are literally hundreds to choose from.

Speaking of heat. You know the ground gets hot. Really hot. Especially asphalt and concrete. Now I am a female and I have lots of dresses, but you know what I do not have? I don’t have a single pair of shoes. I don’t think many other dogs do either. A walk around the neighborhood is always a fun idea. Except when its 85 degree air temp and the street level temp is near 100 degrees. My paw pads are not a substitute for shoes and they will burn. Please remember that your dog’s paws are sensitive and don’t make him walk on a hot street or sidewalk for long periods of time. Wait until its cooler in the day or after a rain and then the both of you can enjoy the walk.

One last thing. A lot of dogs enjoy riding in the car. And if you are going somewhere that you are not going to leave me in the car (or worse the truck bed) alone, then great. But if you are going to the grocery store, or the hardware store, or the bank leave me home. It gets very hot inside a car in a few short minutes. The temperature will rise to over 100 degrees in less than five minutes. Cracking the window an inch or so will not help. And trust me you never only take five minutes in the store. It is more like 20 or 30 minutes and by that time we are well past heat exhaustion and into heat stroke or death. And yes even up north it is very dangerous to your dog’s health to leave them in a parked car while you shop. Thousands of dogs will be permanently injured or die this summer because of being left in a vehicle. Leave your dog home unless the place you are going is pet friendly and they can go inside with you.

Thanks for stopping by the Good Dog Food Store. I hope you found some useful information. Please visit our partners when shopping for your pet supply needs, and make sure to use the links on our pages so we can continue to bring you helpful, informative and fun content.

Have a safe healthy and happy summer, and remember,

           They are not just pets……They are Family!

A note from Mike:

Summer is always a great time of year. But it also has it hazards, please be aware of the dangers of leaving your pet alone outside and always provide water and shelter. Also even if you think your dog loves riding in an open truck bed it is not fun or safe. Being tossed around at every stop light and laying on hot metal is not enjoyable. And if you get into an accident or have to stop unexpectedly your dog becomes a projectile. I have been a firefighter for 32 years and I cannot count the number of times I have been on  minor accident scenes where a dog was thrown from a truck. The owners always say the same thing “but he always loved to ride in my truck”.  Don’t let that happen to you or your dog. They trust you to protect them. Have a happy and safe summer.

This post is not intended to diagnose any medical condition or to be a substitute for qualified veterinarian advice. Good Dog Food Store researches and reviews various brands of dog food. Only those brands that meet the standards we believe should be in good dog food will be featured for recommendation on our site. Until next time Happy Tails!


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