Summer Pet Care Tips

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DogGeek.com wants to remind everyone about summer pet care tips that may save your pet.

Summer is the time to enjoy the great outdoors with your best friend. If one of your best friends happens to be a dog, there are a few things you should keep in mind before you go out to make sure Fido has a good time too.

-- Never leave your pet in a parked car for any period of time. On a warm day, the temperature in a car can reach 120 degrees in just a few minutes. Dogs do not sweat like humans and can only dispel heat through the pads of their feet or panting. Leaving a dog in a car like this causes brain damage and heat stroke. If you see an animal in a parked car this summer, call your local animal control or police.

-- Beware of insecticides, fertilizer and plant food you use around your yard! They may be fatal or make them very sick if ingested.

-- Take time to see what plants in your yard may be poisonous to pets. Over 700 plants are fatal to animals if eaten.

-- Never drive with your dog in the back of a pick-up truck outside of a crate. Sudden stops, turns or accidents can cause them to be severely hurt. Flying debris thrown from cars and in the air can seriously harm your pet. In some states it is also illegal.

-- Make sure your pets are always wearing identification in case you are separated. It is also good to have your pets microchiped in case their tags are removed. This may be the only way to get your pets home if lost. If your pet is lost, check all local humane associations and animal control quickly to make sure your pets have not been turned in.

-- Just like you, your pets can become dehydrated very quickly. Always be sure to have plenty of water on hand.

-- Pets can also become sunburned. When out in the sun for long periods, apply sunscreen to their nose and ear tips.

-- Exercise only in the morning and evening hours. Your pet may not be able to handle the heat during the day. Remember, they have a thicker coats on. Also remember that pavement gets very hot and may burn your dog's paws.

-- Summer is the time for fleas and ticks. See your vet for the best treatment.

-- Avoid crowds and large concerts. Combined with the heat, these events may be stressful and dangerous to your dog.

-- When traveling, don't leave your friend out in the back yard. Make sure you find a dog boarding facility or dog sitter to watch and play with them or find pet friendly travel locations that may allow you to take them with you. If you take them with you, make sure you take their crate, pillow and toys that remind them of home. Plan in advance if you want to fly to make sure you have everything needed to comply with their rules.

-- If your pet becomes over heated, lower their body temperature immediately by applying ice packs or cold towels to their neck, head or chest. Give them small amounts of cool water or let them lick ice cubes and get them to a vet immediately!

-- Let your dog interact with others at the dog park.

Have fun with your best friend this summer, but be safe.

About Doggeek.com:
Doggeek.com was created in 2001 by Michael McCamish and Splat Productions, LLC as a way to find pet friendly/ dog services while traveling. Since then, http://bargeek.com - drink recipes and drinking games, catgeek.com - pet sitter and GlutenFreeGeek.com have also been developed for users to help each other find what they are wanting in those areas.

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