Since summer is approaching (although Wheaton weather has not been the warmest as of late, it is sure to get there), it is time to review safety procedures for your pooch in order to keep them safe and sound. Two Bostons wants to ensure that you remember everything you need to know in order keep your canine healthy and safe.
The first thing you will want to remember is how much water your dog needs to drink each day. There are various dynamics that impact water consumption. Some of the factors include:
· It is recommended that a healthy dog drink approximately ½ to one ounce of water for each pound that they weigh each day. As an example, if your dog weighs 35 pounds, they should drink between 17.5 and 35 ounces.
· Your dog’s diet is another important factor. What you feed your dog is just as important. If you only feed your dog kibble as opposed to a variation of canned, raw or rehydrated foods, they will need to have a greater water intake since the other foods contain water.
· Puppies will need a bit more coaxing in order to make certain that they drink about ½-cup every two hours. Senior dogs should be able to monitor their own water intake unless they have a health issue, then you may want to pay a bit more attention.
· It is extremely important to bring water along with you and your pooch when you exercise. After you and your dog arrive back home from your little excursion, follow up with some ice cubes. You do not want your dog to drink too much and bloat, or worse, to vomit. Once your dog has quenched his thirst with the cubes, follow that up with small amounts of water.
· Dogs do not sweat. In order to keep cool, they pant. Because they pant, they should definitely drink more water.
· If your dog has been prescribed any medication, make certain that you check with your veterinarian to see if your dog will require more water to ward off side effects, help your dog heal faster, or to maintain good health.
The next thing that you will want to remember is that you should NEVER EVER leave your dog unattended in a locked vehicle. This could cost your dog his or her life! A dog, just like a small human is unable to sustain the heat that an oven-like automobile will give out. Within minutes they can suffer from a heat stroke or hyperthermia which can lead to death.
Please make certain to follow these tips and find other ways that your pooch can stay safe in the coming months when the temperatures rise!