Top Summer Safety Tips

My recommendations for the Top Summer Safety tips for dogs and pets.

Summer is here and most of us are out on the beach,picnics or just in our backyards, and guess who are with us? !! Of course our Lovably Dogs and Pets!!!

Summer and the Hot Weather seems like a very dangerous and potential reason causing illness and injuries to our Dogs, in my case my Poodles. Here are my Top Summer Safety Tips and Advice for a safe, healthy and happy summer:

Very Important:

“Using Common Sense will be my Priority “

Here are our Top Summer Safety Tips for a safe and happy summer:

Stay Cool!

Pets can succumb to heatstroke, so be sure that whenever your pet is outdoors, he always has a shelter from the sun, and plenty of fresh water.

Adding ice cubes or blocks to the water will keep it cool longer.

Don’t jog or bike with your poodle dog in hot mid-day temperatures; stick to morning and evening.

If it’s extremely hot and humid in your area, consider a cooling vest for your dog.

The most dangerous thing that can happen to your doggie is leaving him/her inside a car.

I am so upset that people left these innocent creatures inside the cars, either for a couple of minutes…. This is Insane, PLEASE .. never leave your dog in a car if the weather is warm, hot, etc.

A car parked in the shade can reach enormous temperatures, and if is not in a shade is under the sun the temperature can raise to 150F or 160F or 70 to 80 C.

Open windows makes no difference in the temperature gain. High temperatures are very dangerous; Experiments showed that even at a mild 72°F, the inside of a car reached 116°F in an hour, plenty hot to kill a dog.

One dog died after being locked in a parked car on a sunny, 67°F day, even though the car windows were cracked..

REMEMBER!!!! ! Never leave your dog in a car if the weather is warm, hot, etc or simple If you’re out running errands, the safest place for your dog is at home. .The best advice will be to leave your Poodle or any dog or pet at Home.

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We know that dogs can’t sweat—they control their body temperature by panting.

If the air in the car is near or above the dog’s body temperature (about 100°F), the dog will be unable to cool itself, and its body temperature can quickly rise to fatal levels (over 107°F).

Please watch to these Heatstroke symptoms in dogs; rapid heart beat, heavy panting, salivation, disorientation, agitation, lethargy, vomiting, seizures,coma and finally death.

Be a Good Samaritan and a conscious Dog or any Pet Lover !!!!

If you see a dog left alone in a car under dangerous conditions, note the car's location, color, model, make, and license plate number, and contact local humane authorities or police, who usually have authority to break in to save the animal.

If you can make a good guess as to which store the driver might be in, ask the store manager to page them. If the animal shows symptoms of heatstroke, immediately take these steps to lower its body temperature in a controlled manner:

* Move the animal into the shade or an air-conditioned area. * Apply ice packs or cold towels to the head, neck, and chest; or immerse her in cool (but not cold) water. * Allow small amounts of cool water or let the dog lick some ice cubes. * Get to a veterinarian as soon as possible.

Top Summer Safety Tips to Avoid Sunburn.

Sunscreen may be needed for pets with white fur around their face and ears—even indoors, if they’re sunbathing through windows.

Susceptible areas are where the fur is thin and the skin is white or pink. You can use a human sunscreen or sunblock product (but be sure to clean it off when you get home), or get one especially made for pets.

Top Summer Safety Tips to Protect Against Poisons.

Top Summer Safety Tips

Plants and Bulbs look a lot like dog toys, so keep them out of reach Or removing them from your Yard.

In many areas of our Country you can find Toxic Mushrooms, they are very dangerous, please be vigilant!!!!

This is also the time of year when people are using fertilizers, mulches, and pesticides in yards and on lawns.

While professionals will usually put flags up, do-it-yourself might not.

Don’t let your dog wander in other yards where chemicals or cocoa mulch (toxic if ingested) might be used.

Summer also brings chemical hazards. Antifreeze is particularly deadly, so leaky cars are a hazard; clean up any spills immediately in your garage.

"If you suspect that your pet has gotten into something, poison-control hotlines "(there may be a charge) include:

• ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (888) 426-4435

• The National Animal Poison Control Center 1-900-680-0000 or 1- 800-548-2423 • Angel Animal Poison Control Hotline at 1-877-2ANGEL

Top Summer Safety Tips for Preventing from Parasites.

Fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, and other parasites are a year-round problem where warm weather is the norm, but in summer you can find them almost everywhere.

These type of parasites that they can be a nuisance to your doggies also are caring heartworms, tapeworms, a disease call Lyme, a very nasty bacteria Bartonella (scratch disease), West Nile Virus, leptospirosis, and then can bring also the bubonic plague.

Keeping your pet parasite-free is your responsibility , they are a lot of natural preventives that they are very effective.

I suggest to be vigilant and use the correct resources.

Each area has different concerns, the best thing to do is to ask your vet about what's needed for your specific area.

Not only are these pests a nuisance to your dog or pet they are for you also !!!!!

Top Summer Safety Tips for Going Out with your Dog

Walking and hiking with your dog summer increases the chances of encountering unpleasant or even dangerous wildlife, such as skunks, porcupines, scorpions, or rattlesnakes.

Some toads have poisons on their skin that can be deadly even if your pet merely licks at the toad. Toads come out in wet weather and when it’s dark, so be especially careful when letting your dog out at these times.

Check your pet after every outing to ensure its fur isn’t harboring any of these nasty items.

Other sharp items also multiply in warm weather…if you live near water or take your dog on fishing trips, be careful with your fishing hooks and lines, and watch out for those that may have been left behind by others.

Top Summer Safety Tips for Driving Safely

Please when traveling with dogs do not let your doggie hang its head out of the window.

Sore eyes can be caused by dust, grit and insects in the air; inflamed ears and throat by too much wind. enclosed car, pets can be thrown and injured if you have to brake suddenly.

You know that just a sudden stop, or even an accident can send your pet flying?

As much as your dog may love to ride in the bed of a pickup.

Don’t Let This Happen.!!!!

But if really is necessary and your Dog must ride in a truck bed, use a carrier or cross-ties to prevent injuries. (With a Poodle will not Happen, They like to be comfortable and inside !!!!!)

The very safest place for dogs and of course for poodles is in the back seat, either wearing a safety harness, or in a carrier or confined area.

If the Dog is loose in the car can distract and interfere with the driver, which could result in an accident.

Harnesses designed as “doggie seat belts” provide safety during the trip, and prevent your dog from getting loose if someone unexpectedly opens the door. They are many in the market at this time .

Top Summer Safety Tips Emergencies

Whether at home or traveling with your doggie or puppy keep a first aid kit ready in case of emergencies.

The emergency first aid kit should include:

**First Aid Kit - Basic Supplies: gauze pads, gauze roll/bandages, roll of cloth, thermometer, tweezers, hydrogen peroxide, antibiotic ointment, Q-tips, instant cold pack, rags/rubber tubing for tourniquet and a First Aid book

There are special kits for both dogs and cats, so you never have to panic!

You Know That: Keeping flower essences on hand will keep your pet calm while you give first aid or head for the vet.?

!!! My Advice Again to You is reading my Top Summer Safety Tips !!!

*****Disclaimer:The information in this guide is general in nature and it represents research from a variety of sources. Nothing on this site is meant to substitute for professional veterinary care. The information presented on this site is not meant to replace the advice of veterinary care professionals.I recommend that if you have specific veterinary needs or concerns about your poodle or any pet, please seek the advice of a veterinarian.*****

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