Your dog loves going on walks – sometimes so much that you have to spell it out when talking among humans so he doesn’t get too excited. But before you go on that W-A-L-K with your pup, make sure you protect his paws from hot pavement.
During the summer months, asphalt and cement absorb heat and can seriously damage your dog’s sensitive padding. If the surface is too hot for your bare feet, it will definitely be too hot for his, but how can you test this?
The Humane Society of the U.S. suggests this helpful tip:
Before stepping onto the road or sidewalk, put the back of your hand on the pavement, and if you can’t keep it there for five seconds, it’s too hot for your pup’s feet.
Don’t be discouraged by the heat – you and your dog can still enjoy the summer months by following these guidelines:
- Walk your dog in the morning or early evening
- Stay on the grass
- Purchase special dog booties
- Purchase dog paw wax
- Heavy panting
- Dry or pale gums
- Increased drooling
- Deep and rapid breathing
Before your dog experiences any of the above, here’s how to regulate his temperature this summer:
- Being careful not to overexert your dog when enjoying the day
- Making sure your dog has a shady spot where he can rest
- Having a lot of drinking water handy if your dog shows any of the above signs of overheating or overexertion
- Putting cloths soaked in cold water around his paws, in his armpits and on his head and neck
Pet Safety – Your Dog Will Thank You!
It’s easy to ignore unusual activity in your area, if you do, you are more likely to become a victim yourself. Crime is a problem everywhere and you can protect yourself and your neighbors by being as vigilant as possible with respect to security and safety. Here are a few do’s, don’ts, and tips to help you feel safe and secure in your home and community.
- Get to know your neighbors. You don’t have to become best friends, but at least get a general feel for who they are. You never know when you may need their help in case of an emergency.
- Don’t let anyone in the building or apartment that you don’t know.
- Trust your instincts and never enter an elevator if the occupant makes you uncomfortable.
- When you get home, check to make sure that there are no signs that someone has entered your home, like a broken lock or opened door/windows. If you think that someone has forcibly entered your home, call the police and notify management, but most importantly, don’t enter your apartment.
- Lock your doors and windows at all times especially if you are leaving the apartment for any circumstance.
- Don’t make duplicates of your apartment key or put the spare in a visible place.
- Don’t leave valuables in your car or close to your windows where people can see them.
- Don’t leave notes on the door for roommates and or neighbors stating that you are gone or what time you will be back.
- Don’t leave car doors unlocked.
Fireworks…Big, beautiful and loud! You may love them, but to pets, they truly sound like bombs bursting in air. During the 4th of July weekend, it’s best to keep pets indoors during peak firework hours. According to the ASCPA, more pets go missing during the 4th of July weekend than any other time of the year. Loud noises often trigger panic and pets have been known to run free in attempt to find shelter.
Take your pet on a long walk outside or give them lots of play time to tire them out so that they have time to settle down before the fireworks begin. We know that your pets are pretty intelligent, so it’s a good idea to make sure your windows and doors are closed and locked to prevent any escape passages. Turn on the TV or music to drown out the fireworks. Not too loud to disturb your neighbors, but just loud enough to keep your pet at bay. Give your pet an extra special treat or a stimulating toy that will distract them for a long period of time. As always, provide your pet with plenty of water, food, and love.
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