Dogs are known to be very social animals and love to be outside. In fact, outdoor enrichment is important to keep your dogs social and improve their human interaction. A walk in the park to play fetch, or a quick stroll to exercise to work their limbs all contribute to their health.
As a pet owner who regularly takes their dog outdoors, knowing how to keep them safe is important. Whether by getting a good quality leash, collar, or buying mosquito repellent for dogs, it’s essential to take steps to protect them from outside elements. If you’re curious on what you can do to improve your dog’s safety, here’s an article discussing 6 ways to keep your dog safe outdoors.
1. Check the weather
If it’s too hot outside, you want to make sure your dog does not get overheated by the sun. Let your dog drink plenty of water and make sure not to stay too long outdoors in this kind of weather.
Panting heavily and drooling excessively are signs of heatstroke. In such cases you must immediately move to shady or cool area to cool down.
Now for cold days, if your dog can withstand cold temperatures then there should be no problem. Small breeds with short hair tend to get cold easily so you may need to provide cover for them in this kind of season.
2. Vaccinate your dog
Vaccination is important and it’s one of the best things you can do to ensure your dog’s safety from certain diseases. Ask your veterinarian on which vaccines are recommended for your type of dog and make sure to get your pet vaccinated regularly.
3. Look out for other animals
While it’s okay to play around with other animals when you’re outside, you should also look out for your dog as it interacts with other animals around. Be careful when it runs around chasing squirrels in the backyard. Supervise them and be aware of their surroundings.
4. Beware of potential poisons
Dogs are pretty curious and may run around poking at random things when they’re out. Some of the most common toxic hazards outdoors include stagnant water, poisonous creatures, and toxic plants.
Stagnant water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes, so don’t let your dog play around in such waters. Some plants like tulips and lilies can be harmful for your dog as well, so it’s worth considering if you’re landscaping your own garden. Some kinds of frogs, toads, snakes, and spiders may also be poisonous. It pays to know which creatures are prevalent in your area and take steps on how to avoid them.
5. Protect them against parasites (Including mosquitos!)
Mosquitoes carry parasites that can get transmitted to your dog through a bite. One such parasite is Heartworm and it can cause serious damage do your dog’s heart and lungs. Fleas and ticks are also something you need to prevent to avoid possible infection and skin irritation. Talk to your trusted vet on the proper steps to take to avoid these parasites from infecting your dog.
6. Use a collar ID tag
Collar tags are important in identifying your dog in case it gets lost while wandering around outside. The important thing in a collar is that your contact information is correct and up to date so it will be easy to reach out to you in case of an emergency. In some cases some pet owners even microchip their dogs for better tracking.
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