We all enjoy the outdoors during the summertime. If you have dogs, they probably enjoy the extra time outdoors even more than you do. Just as you protect yourselves from sun and insects, it’s important to think about the safety of your pets outdoors. Here are a few tips Summer Dog Safety Tips for MA Residents to get you started.
Protecting Against Ticks and Other Insects
Ticks are not your friend,…and they are not your pet’s friends either. Make sure your pets are up to date on flea and tick medication. Heartworm medication is also important given the dangers of mosquito bites. Some companies sell all-natural pet-safe sprays (such as those made from cedar oil). Just be sure to do your research when it comes to anything that you spray on you and your pets.
Beware of Toxic Plants
There are many toxic plants and flowers outdoors. The list is simply too extensive for us to include here. Please visit the ASPCA website for a comprehensive list of plants and flowers toxic to dogs and other animals.
Yard Tool Safety
In addition to natural elements, summer yards are filled with other pet dangers such as yard tools. Be sure to store your tools in a shed or some other secure location, away from the curious adventures of your dog. Additionally, when performing yard work (especially with power tools), keep your dog leashed or fenced in a safe area. Although you may be careful, dogs can lunge toward a power tool much more quickly than you can react to it. It’s better to play it safe and avoid an emergency vet visit.
Creating a Safe Space
If you live near wooded areas, it may be tempting to let your dog roam and explore. However, there are simply too many possible dangers. Could you dog unexpectedly disturb a hornet’s nest, eat some wild growing mushrooms, or come across some other unexpected dangers? Consider providing a safe environment for your pet to run and play by fencing off an area that you control and monitor, away from poisonous plants or other dangers. If a permanent is not feasible due to cost or your landscape, consider the many temporary pet fencing solutions available.
More Summer Dog Safety Tips for MA Residents
By being aware of potential dangers, you can make your yard and home a safe place for your dogs. As you venture to other places during the summer, take a moment to evaluate other dangers. Whether it be the local park, the woods, or in your car, there is always something to be concerned about. Make sure your pet can stay cool, has plenty of water, and stays leashed within a safe area. We wish a safe rest of the summer for both you and your four-legged friends!