Keeping Your Dog Safe and Sound in the Summer

By Jessica Brody (

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Prepping your lovable, furry dog for summer doesn’t have to be a chore. With a bit of preparation, you and your dog can beat the summer blahs and create summer joys! 

What to Buy (Without Breaking the Bank)

You can keep your dog entertained and mentally stimulated without spending lots of money. Having toys that help you interact with your dog will keep your dog out of mischief and from getting bored.

Interactive toys that allow you to play with your dog are essential. Dogs were bred to connect to humans, and when people spend time with their dogs, a chemical oxytocin, also called the “love hormone,” is produced and causes positive feelings.

Interactive toys include frisbees or balls that bounce for your dog to fetch. Oddly shaped rubber toys are exceptionally fun and stimulating for dogs to play with. Other toys include those you can play tug of war with. An old towel or shirt can be used at no cost, or you can buy very affordable tug toys.

When dogs are left for hours alone, a few distraction toys can be created. It is suggested that you first introduce the toy to the dog to help them learn how to play with it and make sure there are no small parts for your dog to ingest that can hurt them. Some helpful toys that can be developed include Kong toys that can be frozen with peanut butter or other favorite treats.

How to Protect Your Dog Outdoors

Dogs are lovely friends that keep us company, but during the summer we need to be aware of their special needs. Never, never leave a dog or any other pet in a parked car. It is best to keep dogs at home rather than risk death by heatstroke.

Other factors to consider: pack the right supplies when going on short trips: a water bowl that collapses, water, a bedroll for your dog, doggie treats, dog food, and a life jacket for your dog if swimming is involved. Certain breeds of dogs, often with flat faces and short noses, have a more difficult time breathing in the summer heat, so it is better to keep them out of hot and humid conditions. Allow your dog to get used to the weather–much like you, take short walks in the morning or evening, when temperatures are cooler. Never walk your dog on hot pavement, which can burn their paws, but instead choose grass or shaded areas.

More tips: if you have your dog trimmed, make sure there is at least an inch of fur to help prevent sunburn. Keep a source of fresh drinking water nearby throughout the day. Construct a shady spot or shelter for your pets, ideally under a tree where you can construct a raised bed filled with garden soil. 

Also, when your dog is indoors, consider investing in some pet bed covers from PetDigz for their beds, which prove more comfortable for them and easier for you to keep clean.

Keeping Your Dog Healthy

 ASPCA recommends further steps to keep your dog safe. Common lawn and garden insecticides and poisons for rodents can be fatal for your pet, so keep them out of reach. Have your veterinarian phone number or call the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435 if you believe your pets have eaten any poisons. Also, human food such as chocolate, raisins, grapes, onions, and products with the sweetener xylitol can cause digestive problems for pets.

Despite following the above ways to keep your pet healthy and safe, your dogs may still get ill or injured. With pet insurance, you might be able to save money on expensive vet bills. When choosing pet insurance, consider the coverage level, deductibles, premiums, and maximum pet age they cover. And be sure to evaluate sample quotes and customer reviews.

Dogs are one of the most socially adept at understanding human beings and comprehend us quite well. They are wonderful friends to us and our families. With a little bit of planning and preparation, you can keep your furry friends safe and enjoy the summer!

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