It is true that we keep our dogs safe all the time, but accidents do happen. What are the ways that we can keep our dogs safe? At least most of the dangers, we can avoid by following some basic things like:-
- Avoid feeding dogs with Other animals: It is better to physically separate them from each other you may feed your dog in kennel runs or crate. At least feed your dogs by hand once a day, on a daily routine.
- Do not keep dogs and cats free to move around. If so, then supervision is necessary.
- When your dogs are outdoors, supervise while they play.
- Most importantly, do not allow your dogs to greet the stray dogs outside. And they may end up fighting each other.
- If your dog gets involved in a fight, you may pull him out by grabbing his hind leg backward out of the fight.
- Be careful while feeding your dogs, If your dogs swallow rawhide treats, your dog cannot digest or cause a blockage.
- Clean your floor with socks and clothes or keep them away. your dogs can eat such things. And it may go as severe as surgery for removal.
- Never Feed your dogs with corn cobs. It can cause an obstruction and result in surgical removal.
- Avoid swimming pool: Not all dogs can swim. And all swimming pools are designed to contain dogs in it. They may drown due to depth.
- Check your fenced yard. Routinely walk around your fence to check whether your dog has started digging in the corner, loose fencing, or some eatables like food and bones thrown by your neighbor.
- Beware if you have cars. Dogs and cats find a nice resting place below cars or any four-wheelers. Before you start your car, check if your dogs lying underneath.
- Keep medicines or toxic substances in vicinity of dogs. The same is applicable for chocolates.
- If you have doors in the backyards, ensure it is locked. Kids may open and forget to close
- Keep out of firework events. Keep your pets inside while you are busy with fireworks outside.
- Pick-up trucks can be an attractive place for dogs. Do not let them ride onto it.
- Get a CBC(Complete Blood Count) Test at least once when your dog is young and healthy. And again when your dog becomes senior. This avoids certain health problems that come out with age.
Emergency Preparedness Measures for dogs in Disaster Times:
If you are in a place that is prone to frequent tornadoes, extreme weather, etc, don’t forget your dogs even need emergency preparedness as you do. In a bag, you should not only have items to sustain yourself a week but also for your dogs or pets.
The list of items you should have it in your bag during an emergency:-
- A week’s worth of food (maybe be some extra) for you and your dog.
- A week’s worth of after for each of you
- A large first aid kit
- Dog treats
- Extra medications must include heartworm medication and flea/tick treatment for dogs.
- Extra leashes and tie out stakes. Normally, your house may destroy during tornadoes. With this ability to keep them close and out of danger.
- Travel water, water bottles and food bowls for dog
- Blankets– that experience cold weather
- Muzzle to treat an injured dog.
- A few dog toys, especially chewable ones. Because outdoor and even indoor toys that need mobility won’t be safe during a disaster.
- Sleeping bags
- Folding shovel
- Folding mess kit
- Folding stove
- Newspapers as a potty pad
- Crates are in a central location in the house away from windows
- A copy of medical records, shot records, adoption papers, recent photos
- If necessary, a tent
Dogs on Travel: How should you prepare your trip with dogs?
- Proof of Ownership – Documents, Shot Records, Electronic ID #.
- Picture(s) – Recent frontal/profile, maybe with some measurements/weight written on them.
- Picture(s) – Ones of you and someone else, and the Dog (ownership history validation)
- Reliable Leash’s – short and long, just in case you need to “field” it for a while.
- Harness – for security during transport and when on Leashes.
A good sturdy dedicated Collar, with indelible ID/tags – and a latch that’s nearly impossible to open.
- Food – something that won’t spoil if left in a variant of temperature.
- Bowls – maybe the collapsible type.
- Meds – with administrations (spoon/measuring) in their own Zip-Lock bag or container.
- Water – container(s) applicable to size of the animal(s)
- Potty Pad – with a small piece of Paper Towel (stored in a Baggy), previously dabbed in its Urine.
- Crate – may be for when you’re out to Dinner, and great to store/transport all the above stuff.
- Toy(s) – something to help the time pass, and make the strange area, seem a little closer to home.
- Sleep Pad (seasoned) – can line the Crate, or brought out when confinement isn’t necessary.
- Ancillary Items – Brush, Toothbrush/paste, Poop Bags, depends on the length of the trip.
How to Take care of Dogs During Summer?
We always look forward to playing outdoors during the summer. but dogs don’t do well when the weather is hot outside.
Sometimes it is far safer to keep dogs at home. But whatever you do or wherever you go, keep these important tips in mind:
1. Beware! Not all dogs can handle the heat:
Dogs build up heat as a function of volume and lose it as a function of surface area. This means that larger dogs with rounder bodies have less surface area for their size, and build up heat faster.
2. Dogs loose heat through Evaporation:
Dogs evaporate heat through their nasal passages and tongue. The reason behind dogs sticks out their tongue mostly in summer.
This means that dogs with flat faces are less able to lose heat. As a rule, the bigger the dog and the flatter the face, the more prone they are to overheating. Overweight and old dogs have an even greater risk, as do dogs with thick fur.
3. Fur coats resist Sun but cause Overheating:
Fur provides some amount of protection from the sun, but thick fur prevents body heat from escaping and promotes overheating.
It’s a myth that shaving a dog’s coat makes him hotter. Shaving it to the skin can make him vulnerable to sunburn, but cutting the fur to about one inch can help him stay cooler.
If you don’t want to shave him, brush as much undercoat as you can out, and be sure no solid mats are there to trap heat and moisture.
4. Don’t exercise your dog when it’s Warm:
Your dog may want to run, so you took him jogging.
You only noticed he was in trouble when he started to stagger, then fell. His breathing is rapid, his gums red, and he has thick, profuse saliva. He’s in full-blown heat stroke, and you must act fast to save his life.
5. Do not keep your dogs inside a parked car:
Studies show that the temperature inside cars can heat to lethal temperatures within 30 minutes even if the weather outside is relatively cool.
You only meant to be gone a minute. But once in the store, you got distracted, you forgot just how hot it was outside, and by the time you came back, a crowd was around your car.
This time you were lucky. A broken window, the scowls of onlookers, but your dog is alive. Next time he might not be.
6. Provide comfort at home:
You left your dog in the yard, but the day turned out hotter than you expected. Next time, provide for your dog’s comfort before you leave. Be sure he has a place that’s shady all day long.
Buy a kiddy pool and fill it with water so he can soak in it and cool off. If possible, aim a fan at him from a sheltered place so he has a breeze. If your dog is left inside, you may need to run the air conditioning or at least a fan.
If the weather is very hot, you may need to find a way to guard against electrical outages while you’re away. Some pets have died when the electricity, and thus air conditioning, unexpectedly went off during the day.
7. Don’t apply ice onto a hot dog:
It causes the peripheral blood vessels to contract, actually trapping the overheated blood at the body’s core just where it does the most harm.
Instead, cool the dog slowly by placing him in cool water, or by draping him with wet towels and aiming a fan at him. Offer him plenty of cool water.
8. Dogs that doesn’t swim:
Not All Dogs Can Swim! Although swimming is a great exercise in warm weather, make sure your dog can swim first!
Some breeds, such as bulldogs, French bulldogs, and Pekingese, have the swimming ability of cinderblocks.
And even good swimmers can drown in backyard pools if they don’t know where the steps are to climb out.
9. Dogs & UV rays:
Dogs, especially light-skinned dogs, can get sunburn and melanoma. If you dog likes to sun worship, rub a sunblock on his belly and the top of his nose, the most common sites for sunburn.