The warm weather is here (for now at least)

23 Apr

Ok, so now that we have had two consecutive days of warm weather (yes, it was 23 degrees C today!) i thought now would be as good a time as ever to give you a quick list of do’s and don’ts for the spring/summer.

 

Health rules:

  • Do ensure that your dog is treated (regularly) for fleas, ticks and other nasty parasites. Although this is now something that your pet can easily pick up at any time of year, they are well known for being particularly pesky during the warmer weather.
  • Do continue to ensure that your pet is up to date with its worming and vaccinations. Beware of lungworm which is spread by snails and slugs.
  • Dont wash your pet too frequently. This will vary depending on the breed of dog, but being bathed too frequently can dry out their skin and cause irritations.
  • Do use a mild shampoo that has been made specifically for animals (or better yet, for dogs). Human shampoo is not suitable.

 

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Say hello to Solomon!

 

  • Do enjoy the warm weather and go for nice long walks. I have said time and time again how important walking is for your dog, and in the summer you have no excuse not to go. Enjoy the sun and fresh air, your dog certainly will.
  • Dont go out for walks in the middle of the day if the temperature is high. Heat stroke is something that can occur in dogs, particularly those breeds with flat faces i.e. pugs, Shih Tzus and bigger breeds such as Staffies.
  • Do be aware of snakes. This is something that is particularly important where i live. The snakes come out to bask throughout the dunes along the beach (one of our favorite walks). If your dog is bitten, you need to get them to the vets straight away and try to remember what the snake looked like (if possible take a picture, but remember, this is an emergency).
  • Do carry water for drinking (for both you and your dog)
water

Maya loving her water break

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  • Do check your pets fur and between its toes. Seeds, grass, thorns and other bits and pieces can get stuck in the fur, skin or even pads of their feet.
  • Do  apply suncream to areas of your pet where the skin is pink. This will reduce the risk of sunburn and therefore skin cancer.
  • Dont leave your dog in a hot car. Every year we hear about dogs dying in cars (and no, leaving the window a crack is not enough).

hot car

 

  • Don’t leave your dog outside with no protection for long periods of the time. They need a cool place to rest.
  • Do encourage swimming. Swimming is fun, great exercise and will cool your dog down.

 

Doggy summer rules:

These rules are simple summer manners.

  • Do take your dog to the beach, but watch where they poop. Pick it up, don’t leave it behind or let your dog bury it with sand. You wouldn’t like your children (or yourself) to find it would you? 
  • Do take your dog on hikes, but if there are lots of people around, keep it on the lead. Other people will want to be enjoying their own hike and might not appreciate tripping over or being pestered by your buddy.
  • Do not take your dog to an outdoor event such as a barbecue without asking first. Remember, you don’t want to wind up leaving him in the car.

bbq

 

  • Do not let your dog poop in the park. Pick it up, there will be children about.

poop

 

  • Do take your dog out to public places (like the beach) as socialization is important. Do not let him/her jump up at people, especially children. They could get hurt or develop a fear of dogs.
  • Do not let your dog destroy the neighbors plants. Dog pee could kill a number of plants that flower in the spring/summer. So when you walk your dog, make sure it pees in an appropriate place. My dog also eats flowers, and has an obsession with flowers that are yellow. It isn’t fair to let your dog destroy other gardens, but also watch out for anything that could be poisonous.

 

 

Thanks for reading. Apart from using my own knowledge i also used some ideas from various websites, although i have not linked them here, they are easy to find.

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3 Responses to “The warm weather is here (for now at least)”

  1. jackiewriting April 25, 2013 at 6:06 pm #

    Great advice – but where are you? I’m in ‘sunny’ Cornwall and I think we had our Spring last Saturday! It’s struggling to get above single digit here and supposed to be going colder again over the weekend – boohoo!

    • taylorr1991 April 25, 2013 at 6:09 pm #

      I’m in Suffolk. It has been lovely BUT, it isnt supposed to last much longer 😦

      • jackiewriting April 25, 2013 at 6:13 pm #

        Typical. Oh well… :/

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