Summer Time for Good Dogs

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After what seems like an eternity, the rain has finally stopped (I hope). Warm, sunny days are finally here. With these warm months come hazards for good dogs but most can be avoided. Let’s do a quick review.

Remember the 5 second rule. Put your hand on the sidewalk & count to five. If you have to pull your hand away, then it’s too hot for your good dog. Best wait for your walk.

It’s also pollen season, if your good dog develops hay fever or allergy symptoms you may need to ask your vet about a safe antihistamine. Allergy symptoms may appear as itchy, red, moist or scabbed skin; Itchy, runny eyes; itchy back or base of tail (most commonly a flea allergy); itchy ears &/or sneezing.

Good dogs can get stung from being too inquisitive. For the most part, a sting can be left alone. If your dog allows it, you can put ice on the area to reduce swelling. A mixture of baking soda & water can be soothing. Dark, wet mud can act as a neutralizer to the venom if applied directly.

However, like people, some dogs can have a serious allergic reaction to a sting. Anaphylaxis is a severe, life threatening allergic reaction that can occur very quickly. The speed of treatment can make all the difference. If you notice any difficulty in breathing or a lot of swelling, you need to get to your vet or pet emergency immediately.

Finally, & most important. Heat stroke can come on quickly & can be fatal. Never leave your good dog outside without ample shade & water. In fact if it’s really hot, keep your furriend inside. More importantly, never leave your dog in a vehicle on a hot day, even with the windows cracked, your car will become an oven in mere moments. If you can’t have someone sit with your dog in the car while you shop, it would be best to leave your good dog at home.

A side note: Never leave your dog tied up outside of a store unattended. Not even for a minute. I hear horrifying tales of dogs being stolen. Sadly, not all humans have good intentions.

Next I’ll talk about water safety for your good dog. Stay safe this summer.

CEO Olivia

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