Saturday, July 15, 2017

Summer safety for pets

The weekend is here, and I'm trying to figure out where I want to go, and which collie I should take along with me. I try to spend time with the collies individually, so they all get the attention they crave. Because of the heat, I've been limiting our trips to early morning or early evening. With the Summer sun baking the ground, the asphalt can become too hot for bare feet orcanine paws.

Thanks Companions Dog Resort for this info!

When traveling in the car with my collies, I am also mindful of the dangers of hot vehicles, and I never stop anywhere that might require me to leave my dogs behind in the car alone.  People think they are only going to be gone for "just a minute,"  but things happen, and one minute turns into ten minutes or more.  Temperatures in a closed car rise rapidly, and endanger your pets before you are aware of what is happening. So if they can't come with me, everywhere I plan to stop, then they stay home.


Where ever we end up, I need to keep my collies safe.  So I will be bringing along some water for them too.  Dogs need to stay hydrated, and if we are going to be away from home for more than an hour or so, I know they are going to be thirsty.  There are so many companies selling travel bowls, they make it easy to give our dogs a drink on the go.  So I always grab a collapsible travel bowl and some water when we take a hike or go on an adventure.

I just checked the temperature, looks like we will be heading out in an hour or two. Hope your weekend is full of fun!  Remember to stay safe!

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  1. All excellent ideas and suggestions for hot days. Another idea is to put "cool coats" on dogs. The coats provide cooling relief to dogs through evaporation. Once we've come in from a walk and remove Sam's cooling coat. his back is noticeably cooler. We have two brands, both are available in Canada and we're willing to bet, in the USA as well. We prefer the coats from Prestige Pets as the cooling material covers more of the dog than the coat from Canine Equipment. Just another idea for keeping the kids cool. and

  2. Great information on asphalt temp and car temps for when we take our dogs out. I also want to thank you for the Honest Dog Food review-sounds like a great company and great product.
    Have a great Sunday.
    Noreen and Hunter

    1. Great points! I just got devices called Breeze Guards for our car. They go in the car windows and keep the dogs inside with the windows open. I hope that they will make it possible to leave the pups in the vehicle (for brief periods) on not-too-hot days.

  3. Great post! We go for our walk at 7am when it's coolest out☺

  4. Good reminders! Our pawrents cannot believe how stupid some people can be!

    Your Pals,

    Murphy & Stanley

  5. This post is perfect in its timing! I'm getting ready to do an outing with one of our dogs, I haven't decided which one, but this post reminds me to make sure I have a bowl (that I always seem to forget) and ice/water too!

    Hope you've had a fun weekend! Thanks again!

  6. The infographic of the pavement temp is great. I haven't seen that one before. I definitely have to share this post with my readers. This information is so important for everyone to know. Happy Summer!