Dog Poop Bag and Summer Dog

Summer has arrived and your activities with your pet, including your daily walks using your dog poop bag, must be geared to the weather changes.  Heat and humidity can be very rough on our pets.  The can dehydrate rather quickly.  Here are some tips to help take care of your canine friend as you both work to beat the heat this summer.

*Never Leave Alone In Vehicle

1) Most importantly, do not leave your dog alone in your car.  In as little as 10 minutes, the heat in your car can rise to over 120 degrees.  Your best friend will easily overheat in just a matter of minutes.  It is much better to leave your canine companion at home with the air conditioner while you run your errands.

*Constant Supply of Fresh Water

2) Provide plenty of fresh water as they will go through it rather quickly.  Keeping your pet hydrated is the key.  It may help to leave more than one bowl of water in two different areas of the home, especially if you will be away for awhile.

*A Buzz May Help

3) Consider a summer hair cut.  Their fur can be thick and uncomfortable.  Imagine having all of that fur when you are feeling hot and sweaty.  Cut to approximately an inch long, but never down to the skin.  Brush your pet often to remove excess hair and prevent overheating.

*Stay in the Shade

4) When walking your dog, stay in the shade as much as possible.  Don’t let them linger on the hot asphalt.  This will heat their body too quickly and also has the potential to burn their paw pads.  If the pavement is too hot for your feet, it is too hot for your dog’s pads.  Do not walk during the hottest part of the day.  It is best to restrict your walks to early morning and evening hours.  Always be prepared with your dog poop bag to quickly scoop up the dog poop that your pet will deposit.

* A Quick and Easy Cooling

5) Dogs cool themselves by panting and sweating through the bottom of their feet.  Dipping the pads in cool water will provide for a quick pickup on those hot days.

* Symptoms and Treatment of Overheating

6) Pets at risk for heat exhaustion or heatstroke include those with a dense hair coat such as Golden Retrievers, Border Collies, and Chows.  Any pet in direct sunlight for more than 30 minutes when the temperature is over 90 degrees is also at risk.  If your dog experiences symptoms of excessive panting, drooling, increased heart rate, weakness or staggering, time is of the essence.  Your goal is to bring the body temperature down gradually.  Do not use ice water.  Move to a shady spot and offer cool water to drink.  Use cool water not ice water.  Ice water constricts the blood vessels and impedes the cooling process.  If a hose is handy, use it to rinse the dog or put cool wet clothes on the feet and the head.  Continue to cool the clothes.  Go to a vet immediately to have your pet checked.  Your dog’s liver, kidneys and brain are at risk of shutting down, so it is very important to obtain medical care for them.

*Your Convenient Dog Poop Bag Labels You Well

Summertime is filled with those great family activities that all will love.  Picnics, barbeques, days by the lake, walks in the park and trips to the beaches are memories worth making.  Please take precautions to ensure that your canine friend also enjoys this memorable season.  Continue to always be prepared with your dog poop bag and with Wag’n’Load, your dog poop bags holder, to conveniently complement your label of being a responsible dog owner.