Who let the dogs out?!
School is out, the weather is nice, and you're ready to take on new opportunities for you and your pet. Whenever we clean your house, we can just feel the yearning of your dogs to get outside and romp around in the warm sun. Believe me, we want to as well!
Don't let those sunglasses fool you though -- summer can bring plenty of dangers to your furry friend like…
Yes, you read that right, heat stroke. What I find so interesting about animals, especially dogs, is that what we lack in physical similarities we gain in emotional ones. Unfortunately, we also suffer from the same dangers, in this case it's heat stroke. Dogs don't possess sweat glands, so in order to keep cool, they'll drool on themselves. As a responsible pet owner, it's your job to keep them as cool as possible. This means finding them a shady place to play, keeping the house air conditioned when eating or relaxing, and always having cold water available for them to stay hydrated. Keep in mind when it's too hot to touch the pavement with the back of your hand for 20 seconds, it's too hot for them to walk on. Try to keep them on the grass on those days.
There are primarily two types of allergies: food allergies and environmental allergies. Symptoms of seasonal allergies include: constant scratching and chewing on the skin, rubbing their face on the floor and against vertical corners, constant head shakes, and heavy breathing. Allergic pets often have puffy red eyes, red oral tissue, a red chin, and even red paws so keep an eye out for those symptoms. To help aid your pet, be sure to give them a warm bath and paw soaks every morning and night to help clean off any irritant residue on their skin. Vacuuming the house will definitely help, though I suggest you do it while they are in the bathroom away from the noise.
Believe it or not, dogs can get sunburned too. Light-colored dogs and dogs with thin fur are at a high risk. If you prefer your pets to be outside, make sure that you give them a healthy application of sunscreen that doesn't contain Zinc Oxide. If you can’t find sunscreen that’s formulated for dogs, using one that is for babies is the best alternative. Apply it to the bridge of the nose, tips of ears, belly, and groin areas.
We often thing of the warmer months as being flea and tick season, but pests are actually a danger year-round. Flea and tick symptoms go hand and hand with seasonal pet allergies, minus the general redness. Throwing on sunscreen and flea repellent is the best thing to do, but the repellent has to be natural. If it's chemical based your pet won't like the smell and will take any chance they have to rub against something to get it off. Opt for a flea collar and rubbing them down with a lemon half. The juices and collar will repel the bugs and keep the coat clean and smelling great.
You may not know it, but all dogs are instinctual swimmers. If you're planning on hitting the pool this summer, introduce your dog to the water. Once you’re done though, a towel dry won't finish the job. You'll need to wash your dog completely clean of chlorine. It can cause severe chemical burns if left on too long. If you notice your dog is drinking more pool water than swimming, leave immediately and give them a lot of fresh water to drink. You may notice your dog vomiting but don't fret: his body is rejecting the chlorine water. If you dog doesn't vomit the chlorine, it may urinate more during its walk. So don't make them hold it too long when they have to go!
Be pet-safe this summer!
We all know that this beautiful Chicago weather will be great times for you to bond with your dogs outdoors. Use these tips to ensure that your pet is safe and happy this entire season!