Summer brings plenty of enjoyable activities for pet and parents like swimming, hiking and road trips. As much as they all fun, there are also safety issues to be aware to. Being knowledgeable and prepared is the key for preventing unwanted surprises.
1. Plane your trip and make sure pets allowed in.
2. Most trips starts with your car. Rule one is to NEVER leave a pet in a closed car unattended (not even when you just run an errands. The temperature, even if the car parked in the shadow, or it’s not so hot outside, will climb in a very short time to a levels that may cause death. It can take only five minutes in 85 degrees outside to climb to around 102 degrees.
In hot environment dogs can not cool themselves, and the result may-be a heatstroke that may lead to death.
3. Bring water. You’ll need it on the road and in your targeted location. Don’t rely on finding running water at the location. You’ll have a good use of the collapsible travel bowl. It takes no place and has no weight, it just perfect to be always stored in the car. Bowls are $11.99
4. Swimming pool or Waterways trip - NOT all dogs know to swim or love the water. For some dogs it takes longer to learn or get used to.
When in nature, condition may be rough, fast moving water or underwater obstacles. Another danger is dogs falling into the water without you noticing it. All of the above will most likely exhaust any dog trying to swim back or fighting the water. The smaller the dog, the less power he’ll have. Dog’s may have about 20 minutes to be fully exhausted and die. Using a floating vest (life jacket) can save his life by keeping him floating and saving his power. The life jacket are comfortable and keeping the dog in a natural swimming position while reducing the and preventing exhaustion. Most have a reflective lines so they can be seen in the water and a handle on back, for easy grab pet to and from the water. Essential when rescue is performed. From $18.50 and up
5. Hiking or Jogging – Use a good harness, with reflecting material to keep from running away or getting lost. When it’s very hot outside, hiking with pets always bring fresh water. The pet Water bottles for $21.99, are easy to use and it eliminates the need for a bowl. Water is also needed to cool the dog by reducing body heat and prevent heatstroke.