Summer is officially here. How do I know this? Because my chubby Chihuahua “gave up the ship” (as my dad likes to call it) and refused to go any further on our last walk. He wandered under a neighbor’s tree and collapsed, tongue-out-of-mouth panting. We had to carry him home.
There are certain precautions you should take with your pet now that the “heat is on”—the ASPCA offers a great list of safety tips on their website. Here are a few:
-Don’t make the mistake I made and try to walk your pet too far in the heat. Make sure he has plenty of water and shade if he’s going to be outdoors.
-Though your dog may have his “Feed me!” innocent puppy face perfected, be careful what you feed him during a backyard barbeque. Especially keep alcoholic beverages away from pets—they can cause comas or even death! If your pooch feels left out of the party, try a pet-friendly non-alcoholic beer like Bowser Beer or Happy Tail Ale.
-Keep your pets off the grass if it’s recently been treated with insecticides, they can be harmful if ingested.
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