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August 5, 2014 Posted by: Ron Rutherford
Ron Rutherford

Summer is in full swing and that means there are all kinds of fun outdoor activities to do with your friends, both furry and human. If you’re looking to unwind after a long day at the office, then there is nothing more relaxing than taking a nice quiet stroll through the neighborhood with your dog. But before you hit the streets, it’s important to keep a few things in mind for both you and your dog’s safety!

Be Visible

Even if you’re not running at night or in the dark, it is still very important to be visible, especially in the city. Thankfully, there are products out there which alleviate that problem. For example, there are several companies that make dog-sized reflective vests. If you decide to purchase one of these for your furred friend, then make sure that it’s made from some kind of breathable material, like cotton, in order to prevent your dog from overheating.

Make Sure It’s Not Too Hot

Speaking of heat, try to get your walks done either in the morning or evening in order to avoid the hottest part of the day. Chances are, if it’s uncomfortably hot for you, then it’s going to be very uncomfortable for your dog as well. Overheating is just as serious for dogs as it is for people. If, for some reason, your walk can’t wait until cooler temperatures in the evening then it is recommended that you limit them to no more than 20 minutes.

Watch the Paws

Besides dehydration and overheating, going out in the extreme heat also means that your dog’s paws are going to be burning on the asphalt. We’re talking temperatures of almost 150°F! However, some companies have made shoes for paws. They’ll protect against everything, from heat and cold to rough terrain and some sharp objects. Alternatively, change up your route and do a jaunt on a leafy path.

Bring Water for Two

As mentioned before, overheating and dehydration are both problems for dogs as much as they are for people. No matter what, make sure that your dog has plenty of water before and especially after walks. If you end up taking your dog out during the hot part of the day, consider bringing enough water for both of you. Bring more than you think you’ll need! There are some products that make drinking out of a water bottle easier for a dog including collapsible bowls and tubing that will let them drink as if from a hose.

Bug Bites

Summertime is bug season. So while you’re out and about with your pet, make sure that you stay vigilant when it comes to checking him or her for bugs. Things like ticks, fleas and mosquitoes are not only an annoyance for your animal, but they can also lead to life-threatening illnesses. Have a talk with your veterinarian about getting the right kind of protection for your pet.

Fireworks

Summer is also prime time for fireworks. If your dog gets nervous or scared around loud noises, then make sure that they are comfortable during firework season. One of the best things that people can do for their pets during this time is to keep the routine as normal as possible. If your dog sees that life is going on just as it normally would, then they will be less inclined to panic. Some other things you can do is put some music on for your pet, not too loud, but just enough to drown out the explosions. Whatever you do, make sure that your dog is secure. During their panic, it’s not uncommon for them to run away and get lost. Try to keep your pets inside on big holidays.   Keep your pup happy and healthy during your summertime outdoor play

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