Summer Safety

When swimming at a lake, stay away from blue-green algae. This can cause serious liver damage, even death, if your dog ingests some of this. After your dog swims in a pool, you should rinse him off to prevent skin irritation from the chlorine.

If your dog is not a strong swimmer, you might want to use a flotation device such as the Surf N Turf Dog Life Jacket.
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On hot days, walk your dog early in the morning or later in the evening when it’s cooler. Hot asphalt, sand and concrete can burn your pet’s paw pads. You can use something called PawZ MaxWax to protect his feet.

Be alert for heat exhaustion in your dog. Check for the following:
– excessive panting,
– pacing
– sluggish behavior
– bright red or dark purple tongue

If your dog presents with the above symptoms, move him to a cool place, try and lower his body temp with wet towels, and then get him to the vet ASAP.

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