The summer months are a busy time for dog owners with summer vacations. Now that the hot weather is coming, don’t forget these hot weather safety tips. For outside dogs, make sure they have plenty of shade. Make sure they have access to plenty of cool water. If your dog travels with you, bring along water in a gallon container and a bowl. Never leave your dog in a vehicle on a hot day. Even with the windows open, the temperature inside a car can exceed 120 degrees. Avoid strenuous exercise on extremely hot days. Condition and train your dog in the early mornings or evenings, when the heat is less intense. Make sure your dog’s vaccinations are up to date. Dogs tend to stay outdoors longer and come into contact with other animals more during the summer months. Keep dogs off lawns that have been chemically treated or fertilized for 24 hours. Mosquitoes, which carry heart worm disease, along with fleas and ticks, are more prevalent in warmer months.
Chlorine from pools and bacteria from streams, lakes, and ponds can be toxic for a dog’s system. Always rinse your dog after swimming to remove the chlorine. Many airlines will not ship animals during summer months due to dangers caused by hot weather. Delta will only allow pets to fly when the temperature is under 85f for all legs of the trip. Check with your airlines for specific rules and be sure to only ship in airline approved shipping crates.