WooHoo, It's Summertime! And you know what that means... outdoor fun and lots of it. It's time to get outside and start enjoying the warmer temps. It's time for picnics, dog park outings, cook-outs with family and friends, day trips to the beach, and the list goes on and on...
But summertime also brings new pet dangers for our dogs. Fleas and ticks are more prevalent during the summer months and increased mosquito activity poses higher risks for heartworms. Then there's the added dangers that the heat and humidity bring about including heat exhaustion, dehydration, and heat strokes. And of course there are water dangers to consider, since more time is spent at the pool, beach, lakes and rivers. And let's not forget toxic dangers our Schnauzers are exposed to from chemically
The potential summer dangers to dogs seem endless. That's why we put together a list of important hot weather safety tips to keep your Miniature Schnauzer safe and cool this summer.
1. Toxic Chemicals: Be sure to keep your dog from coming into contact with toxic lawn chemicals.
2. Plant a Dog Friendly Garden: Cocoa mulch is deadly. Cocoa mulch contains ingredients that could pose a health risk to dogs if ingested. Always supervise your Schnauzer's activities outdoors.
3. Check those paws! Hot pavements and hot sand can blister your dog’s paws. If you notice any damage to your Schnauzer's paws use an antibacterial wash and wrap with bandages. Call your veterinarian for advice and care. There are plenty of paw cream for dogs on the market to help repair, restore, and protect paw pads.
4. Summer Foods Harmful to Dogs: While there are plenty of summer foods considered safe for dogs: lowfat yogurt, apples, lowfat cottage cheese, bananas, blueberries,.... there are plenty that could pose a health risk. While enjoying your fruit salad and other summer treats be mindful of the foods that could be dangerous to dogs
5. Secure Fencing: Since your Schnauzer will probably be spending more time outside in the backyard, you should walk the perimeter of your fence and check for any gaps or holes. Now that the snow has melted away, any damage to your fence including holes will be exposed. Make it a priority to repair damage to your fence as soon as possible, so your dog doesn't escape. And if you have a wireless dog fence, be sure it is working properly, too.
6. Update Dog Tags: Check your Schnauzer’s ID tag and make sure all the info is legible and accurate. With your dog spending more time outdoors, it's probably a good time to get a new dog tag that’s easy to read, just in case your Schnauzer gets loose. Also, if your Schnauzer has a dog microchip, have it checked out and updated as well. Get your Vet to scan your Schnauzer to be sure the microchip is working properly and all your info is correct and up-to-date.
7. Flea & Tick Prevention: Fleas & ticks are always more of a problem during the hot summer months. And besides just being a nuisance, they can be a health hazard too. Fleas can cause skin allergies, anemia, and transmit tapeworms. Ticks transmit Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.
But even though fleas and ticks can be a challenge to control
in some areas, there are plenty of safe easy-to-use products on the
market so your dog and home can remain flea free. Whenever possible, use
non-toxic powders and sprays to treat your home, yard, and dog's bedding. And there are natural flea and tick products to use on your Schnauzer
8. Keep your dog well-groomed: A good clean, healthy coat will be able to do it's job more effectively to protect your dog from the sun. Also keep your Schnauzer's nails trimmed. Grooming your Miniature Schnauzer regularly will also help you identify any problems with bug bites, fleas, ticks, etc... Benefits of Brushing Your Dog
9. Heartworm Prevention: One of the most important summer safety tips for dogs is to be sure you keep them on heartworm preventative medication. With summertime comes mosquitoes and with mosquitoes comes heartworms. Read more on heartworms and the steps you need to take to prevent heartworm disease. Heartworm disease is preventable!
10. Learn First Aid for Dogs: Since your Schnauzer will be spending more time outdoors, there is an increase risk of some sort of accident occurring. Be sure your dogs first aid kit is accessible and well-stocked and learn pet first aid.
1. Doing Yard Work? Keep your Miniature Schnauzer indoors when mowing your lawn. Debris flying out from under lawn mowers could pose a real threat to your dog.
2. Traveling with Your Pet? If you will be taking your Schnauzer on the road this summer, read these helpful tips on traveling with your dog. Also, consider using protective eyewear like doggles, as a summer safety precaution. They are especially beneficial to dogs that like hanging their heads out the car window.
3. Water Safety: Summer safety includes water safety. Some Schnauzers aren't the best swimmers so be sure to always supervise your dog's activity in and around lakes, oceans, swimming pools, etc. It's probably a good idea to have your Schnauzer wear a life jacket or life vest for dogs.
4. Anitfreeze is deadly! This summer safety tip could save your Schnauzer's life. Anitfreeze is a coolant which has a sweet taste to dogs so they are automatically drawn to it. But if a dog even licks up a small amount of this toxic substance, he can become extremely ill and potentially die. Be sure to keep your driveway and garage free of any antifreeze spills.
5. Party Time: Summer holiday events, like the Fourth of July present their own share of problems, too. As much as we love having our Miniature Schnauzers with us, sometimes it's best to just leave them at home when attending celebratory events that are crowded or pose other safety hazards to our pets. You will be able to have more fun not having to worry about your dog and your Schnauzer will feel be safer at home.
We have even more Summer safety tips to keep dogs cool, too. You can read all about them here:
Since Miniature Schnauzers are so close to the ground, their body can heat up quickly and their paw pads can burn. Always check the temperatures for the day and do your best to walk during the coolest hours of the day.
The Mini Schnauzer above is wearing PAWZ disposal and reusable water-proof dog boots.
These dog boots fit securely without zippers or straps.
They are durable and offer serious paw protection. Dogs accept wearing them as they provide a natural feeling as your dog will still be able to feel the ground, providing a needed sense of security.
What flora should be forbidden in your home? Dr. Steven Hansen, veterinary toxicologist & ASPCA Senior Vice President, shows you examples of the most common potentially dangerous plants.
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