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Thursday, May 8, 2014

7 Summer Safety Tips

Summer is a fun time for everyone. The pool is open, the whole family is swimming, or boating, or having fun in the water at some point. Even the dog! But summer can also be a dangerous time of year for your dog, and Olivia and I are going to share some summer safety tips with you!

1. Always supervise your dog in and around water. It only takes a second for something horrific to happen, even in a very shallow baby pool. Last year, right before my eyes, 9 week old Olivia walked right off the edge of the concrete and fell in the pool. She sank like a rock. I threw my phone on the ground and jumped in, fully clothed. Thankfully, she was okay because I was there when it happened. Had I not, it could've ended very badly.

2. If your dog is not a strong swimmer, no matter the breed, a life vest can be a great purchase that will totally be worth its price. It can also give you peace of mind that God forbid your dog end up in the water and not be able to swim, they won't drown. Last summer after she fell in the pool, Olivia always wore her life vest outside.

Olivia in her new bigger vest

Olivia last year in her original vest

Olivia's two vests side by side

3. If you have a pool make sure you take your dog in the pool with you and show them how to get out (most likely using stairs or a shallow end) in case something happens.

4. It gets very hot in a lot of parts of the country. Make sure your dog has fresh water to drink at all times. The chemicals in the pool do not make it a viable choice. Ponds or lakes are also not ideal.

Sometimes Olivia cools her feet in her
 water bowl

5. Any dog can over heat if left outside too long, especially without any shade. Snub nose dogs (like Olivia), black dogs, and hairy dogs can get especially hot. Make sure you keep an eye on your pet and look for signs of distress. Don't wait until your dog tells you they want to come in, it may already be too late- especially if they've been running or very active.

6. If you have a dog like a Chinese Crested then I'm sure you already know you need to apply sunscreen to them. But other dogs, particularly ones with pink skin, may also need some SPF protection in the warmer months.

7. Avoid going for walks during the hottest parts of the days. Instead opt for early morning or later at night.

Summer is such a great time of year to spend time and bond with your dog, just make sure you do so safely!

Thoughtless Thursday

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  1. Great tips! Thanks for sharing and for linking up to thoughtless Thursday with us!
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  2. Bailey got knocked into the pool as a pup by a golden retreiver and has refused to go near water ever since. Getting him or Katy within feet of water is next to impossible so our challenge of having them fall in water are reduced.

    Another trick we use for hyrdration in the summer is ice cubes. Bailey can be stubborn about drinking in the summer, but for some reason he thinks ice cubes are ice bones.

    1. oh yeah! olivia loves ice cubes too!

  3. Thanks for sharing Thoughtless Thursday hop! Great tip about the lifevest. Although I can see Ruckus struggling hard if I were to try to put one on him!

    1. haha! Olivia doesn't really know better. She got her first life vest at 11 weeks old... :P