Keeping your Pet Safe During the Summer
Summer is in full-swing, and temperatures are still continuing to soar. Regardless of where you live, heat waves are common this time of year. While there are some well-known safety considerations that many pet owners abide by, there are also some lesser-known threats that lurk in the summer season. Therefore, heed the following safety tips to keep your pet protected this summer, which will reduce your Dog Owner Liability.
Never leave your dog in the car.
This is common knowledge for responsible pet owners. However, even if you need to run in the store to grab one thing, never leave your dog alone without air conditioning and water. Remember, it could minutes for your dog to develop heat stroke in a hot car.
Protect their skin from mosquitos and ticks.
If not protected, your dog is at risk of heartworm, Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and a host of other nasty and dangerous conditions. Don’t forget that many of these diseases can be caught by people too, says Pet Health Network.
Protect their paws!
Asphalt and metal can reach extreme temperatures in the summer heat. Protect your dog’s paws with booties or wait until the later evening hours to take them out. If you plan on taking your dog out in your truck bed, put a blanket down to protect his paws from the hot metal and prevent heat stroke.
Dogs can get sunburns just like people. This is a real threat for short-haired breeds and those with light-colored coats. Discuss safe sunscreen options for your dog with your veterinarian.
Provide water and shade at all times.
Naturally, it isn’t the best idea to leave your dog outside during the summer. However, if you plan on doing outdoor activities with them, ensure they have access to water and shade at all times.
Remember, it your responsibility to keep your dog protected and comfortable. As an uncomfortable or anxious dog may act negatively, therefore it’s imperative to keep your dog content.
There are many reasons a dog may bite, and it’s not always 100% preventable. In addition to financially protecting dog owners from dog-bite claims, our Canine Liability Policy also covers other injuries to people, including scratches and fall injuries caused by dogs, and injuries to other animals. Please contact us today for more information at (855) 534-6495.