Just as soon as it began, spring is almost over, quickly growing warmer with the longer days and hotter afternoons relegated to summer. While this means perfect outdoor weather for you and your pooch, summer isn’t as wonderful as it may seem. Complete with insane temperatures, bugs and poisonous plants, better to prepare now than to be sorry later.

 

Stay Cool

Even if your pup is begging to go out during the middle of the day, keep them restrained. Dogs with short snouts are especially prone to overheating along with dogs that have thick coats. Even if you go out later in the day, they could still fall prone to heat exhaustion, panting heavily, exhibiting bright rid gums and drooling a very thick mucus. To offset this, move them to a cooler place immediately. Set them on a damp towel and let them rest until they return to normal.

Also, remember to never, ever leave your dog in the car in the summer months. Winter can be passable in certain areas of the country, but even with the windows cracked, summer temperatures inside the car can rise an astounding 19 degrees Fahrenheit in as little as seven minutes.

 

Beat Bugs

Along with summer comes the explosion of insects we hate. Including mosquitoes, ticks and parasitic worms, these warm months prompt a breeding frenzy that leads to a burst in bug population, increasing the chance your dog will pick up something nasty. Plan ahead with a regular dose of parasite protection medicine for your pup. As for the fliers or hitchhikers, look for an insect repellent that staves away the most potentially harmful critters.

To top this all off, make sure your dog is up to date with their shots and be regular with the vet visits. There is always the chance that something won’t work as intended, so the healthier your dog is before falling prey to a nasty critter, the easier it will be to clean them out.

 

Fear the Fertilizer

Summer is the most exciting time for gardeners across the country. With blooms planted in winter finally opening and potential harvests starting to ripen, there are fertilizers and pesticides everywhere. Though you might think your dog is smarter than the average pooch, never underestimate just how much trouble your bud can get into.

For plants, avoid azaleas and lilies. Though pretty, both are extremely toxic and can even lead to death if ingested. For pesticides, try to find a natural brand that works. While your dog won’t feel good if they happen to eat any, the lack of harmful chemicals make these options far less dangerous. With fertilizer, keep any open bags up and out of reach. After a day in the yard, give your dog a quick wash off to clear away any of the garden soil that carries those chemicals.

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