By Emma Koeniger, SPCA International Staff
Summer is always a fun time of the year – the beaches are open, the sun is out, there are so many outdoor activates that you and your animal companions can do! When planning a day trip or vacation it is always important to keep your pet’s safety in mind. Check out these summer activities and how to make sure your pet has fun too!
My dog, Kuma, loves to go hiking. It’s a great way for him to burn off excess energy. The dog park is another great way for your dog to get in some play-time, but keep an eye on your dog while at the dog-park as scuffles can break out. When going on summer hikes make sure you bring a bottle of water and a bowl and take short breaks to let your pet rest. Make sure your dog always has proper identification in case they get away from you.
There are plenty of dog beaches along the East and West Coasts, allowing your canine friend to run and swim without disrupting sunbathers. There are lots of water toys that your dog will likely love to chase after! If you don’t live close to the beach you can fill up a kiddie pool for your dog to play in. If you’re thinking about taking your dog out on a boat, make sure to buy them an appropriately sized life jacket. Remember, even though your dog is wet it doesn’t mean they are adequately hydrated. Make sure to have a bottle of water and bowl with you for your thirsty pup.
There are so many opportunities to get together with friends and family during the summer. If party-goers are inclined to feed your pets, have a bowl of dog treats available so that they aren’t fed potentially toxic table scraps. Keep alcoholic beverages and human food up high and away from table edges, to deter counter-surfers and tall dogs. If fireworks are going to set off make sure your pet is kept in a quiet and secure area inside.
There are endless ways for you and your pets to have fun this summer. No matter what the activity is always make sure to watch out for signs of heat stroke; heavy panting, increased heart rate, weakness, pale gums, and contact your veterinarian immediately. Our pets have a normally higher body temperate than we do, so if it’s too hot for us to stay out for a long time it’s definitely too hot for your pets to be outside for extended amounts of time.
Hopefully with the above tips this one will be the best summers yet!