How to keep your dog safe during spring, summer, autumn and winter
“Dogs are miracles with paws”, says the famous American author and illustrator. Dogs are adorable pets. They have lived with human beings for thousands of years. They are well-known for their loyalty.
Dog owners are responsible for their pooch’s well-being. Here are some tips on how to keep your dog safe throughout the year.
How to keep your dog safe during spring season
People usually clean their home during the spring season. This usually involves various activities like preparing the garden. Spring is also an excellent time for home renovation. As dog owners spend time outside, so do their loving pets.
By taking few precautions, you can ensure that your dog is safe during spring. While cleaning the medicine cabinet, do not dispose old medicines in the dust bin. Medicines like Tylenol can be toxic to dogs. It is advisable to return expired medicines to a pharmacy.
It is advisable to avoid snail and slug bait poisons that contain metaldehyde. This chemical is bad for your pet pooch’s nervous system. Go for alternatives that do not contain metaldehyde.
During home improvement projects, keep building materials, electric cords and paints away from your dog. Loose nails, screws, staples and similar materials can cause injury to your loving pet.
Keep cleaning products out of your dog’s reach. Do not allow your pooch to walk on (or lick) surfaces that are wet with cleaning products. These products may cause skin irritation, gastrointestinal problems and other health complications.
Keep poisonous plants out of your home and yard. Tomato vines, onions, garlic, grapes, daffodils, rhododendron, azaleas, tulip bulbs, oleander and yucca plants can cause significant damage to your dog’s health if ingested.
Keep your backyard free from lawn chemicals, pool chemicals and sharp gardening tools. Check the condition of your fence. Check for lose boards, exposed nails, gate latches and holes under the fence.
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How to keep your dog safe during summer season
Summer months can be uncomfortable to dogs. Intense heat and thick humidity can make really miserable to your loving pooch. However, it is not difficult to keep your dog safe and cool during summer season.
Never leave your dog in a parked car, not even for a minute. Not even when the car air conditioner is switched on. On a summer day, temperature inside a parked car can raise rapidly to dangerous levels. Excessive heat can cause significant organ damage in your dog. It can even kill your pet pooch.
Keep an eye on the humidity levels. Dogs pant to evaporate moisture from their lungs. Their panting removes heat from their body. If the humidity is high, they will not be able to cool themselves. This results in high temperature.
You need to ensure that the temperature of your dog does not exceed 104 degrees. Otherwise it may suffer from heat stroke. Do not exercise your dog during noon hours. Avoid muzzling your dog during summer months.
Sunburn is another problem during summer months. Light-colored and thinly coated dogs are more likely to be affected by sunburn. Sunburn causes itching and peeling. It can also be painful. It is advisable to cover the tips of your pooch’s ears and nose, its back and the skin around its mouth.
Extreme heat can burn your dog’s footpads. It is advisable to take your dog for walk during the morning hours or late in the evening. Avoid walks during the noon hours. Prevent dehydration by providing your dog with access to fresh water. It is advisable to feed your dog wet dog food during summer months.
Insects like fleas, ticks, mosquitoes and flies are more during summer months than during other seasons. It is advisable to protect your dog from them with the help of sprays, dips, shampoos and collars.
How to keep your dog safe during autumn (fall)
Snakes prepare for hibernation during autumn. More snake bites occur during autumn months. Keep your dog away from locations that are infested with poisonous snakes. Poisonous snake bite can be fatal.
People usually change their car’s engine coolant during autumn. Ensure that any spills are cleaned immediately. Ethylene glycol based coolants are toxic. It is a good idea to use propylene glycol based coolants, as they less toxic than ethylene glycol based coolants and other coolants.
Rodents tend to move indoors during autumn months. People usually use rodenticide to deal with this problem. Unfortunately this chemical is highly toxic for your dog. It can even kill your loving pooch. It is not advisable to use this chemical.
It is important to give more food to your dog during colder months, especially if it lives or spends time outdoors. This will help your dog stay warm by generating heat in its body.
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How to keep your dog safe during winter
It is very important to keep your dog warm, happy and healthy during the winter months. Many winter hazards like ice and antifreeze can cause significant harm to your loving pooch.
Dog in snow
Dogs love the taste of antifreeze. Unfortunately it is toxic to your pet pooch. It can kill your dog. It is very important to keep antifreeze out of reach of your pet. If you suspect antifreeze consumption, you need to consult your vet without delay.
If your dog has less hair or no hair; or if it is a puppy, use sweaters or jackets. They protect your loving pet from cold. Miniature Pinschers, Chihuahuas, Whippets and grey hounds need special care during winter.
Dog in a sweater
It is important to note that not all dogs like cloths on them. Even though you may try to train, it is not advisable to push your dog to wear cloths. It is just not natural for them. It is advisable to ensure that your dog’s food and water are not frozen. Keep them inside your home or in any heated location.
It is not advisable to leave your dog outside alone without heated shelter. This applies to dogs that have fur. Even though dogs like huskies are naturally better equipped than other breeds to handle cold, it is advisable to provide warm shelter during cold months.
It is very important to protect your dog’s feet during winter, especially when it is snowing. Go for foot protection booties. They protect your dogs feet from harmful things that may be hidden by snow. They also ensure better grip on icy surface.
If you have a fireplace, ensure that you have a safety guard around it. It is not advisable to allow your pooch run on frozen bodies of water. If the ice is thin, your dog may fall into icy water.
Do not allow your dog to eat snow and other things. Snow may be hiding poisonous things. Consuming snow may cause hypothermia. Ensure that fresh water is available at all times.
“Dog is the man’s best friend” is a popular saying worldwide. By implementing the above-mentioned tips, you will be able to take good care of your loyal friend and ensure its safety throughout the year.
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