18 Tips for Dog Safety in All Seasons

We all love our dogs and want to keep them as safe and as happy as possible. In this blog we have highlighted 18 all-weather safety tips.

We also have a FREE poster "Travelling with your dog" available to download to help ensure all future car journeys you may take with your pooch are safe, too!

Summer

- Do not leave dogs in cars (at any time of the year, but especially in summer)
- Stay out of direct sunlight and prioritise shaded paths.
- Touch the ground for 10 seconds with your hand to see if it is too hot for their paws - if it hurts you, it will hurt them, and potentially blister the skin.
- Always provide plenty of water, at home or out and about.
- Regularly groom the dog to remove excess hair that may unnecessarily trap extra heat.
- Limit exposure to ticks and parasites by avoiding long grass.
- Watch out for heatstroke (see our blog on the signs of heatstroke in dogs and how to counter it).
- Watch out for adders as they are venomous - bites are likely to occur in the afternoon, and between April and July.
- Do not leave salt crystals from the sea on a dog's skin as it can cause irritation, and do not let them drink sea water.

Winter

- Consider getting the dog a coat to keep them warm and dry.
- Check their paws, especially in between the toes, after being outside for salt and grit, and clean accordingly.
- Stay away from frozen lakes and rivers.
- To prevent frostbite and ice/snow balls from forming, trim the hair on their paws.
- Do not over-trim your dog's coat as keeping it longer than normal provides extra warmth.
- Do not let them ingest antifreeze as it is poisonous. Note that it is sweet and dogs can be attracted to eating it.
- If the dog is being less active and is mostly indoors, slightly reduce their food intake as they are not burning as many calories. If they are outdoors a lot, increase it slightly as they may burn more calories due to the extra effort exerted to maintain a warm body temperature.
- Do not force your dog to go outside in the winter; they may be resisting for a good reason such as it being too cold for them.
- Watch out for excessive shivering and loss of coordination as these could be signs of hypothermia.

Dog-related AnatomyStuff resources:

Canine Musculature Anatomy Fine Art Print
Canine Skeletal Anatomy Fine Art Print
Flea Cycle in Dogs Chart / Poster
Canine CPR Manikin Casper
Budget Canine Skeleton Model (Medium)

Further reading / sources:

Adders
https://www.vets4pets.com/pet-health-advice/dog-advice/adder-bites-in-dogs/
Summer tips - Dog charity
https://www.battersea.org.uk/pet-advice/dog-care-advice/summer-dog-care
Summer tips - Veterinary advice
https://www.vets4pets.com/pet-health-advice/summer-pet-safety-tips/
Summer tips - Pet insurance company
https://www.petplan.co.uk/pet-information/blog/summer-tips-for-dogs/
Winter tips - Dog charity
https://www.battersea.org.uk/pet-advice/dog-care-advice/winter-dog-care
Winter grooming
https://www.purina.co.uk/dogs/health-and-nutrition/grooming-and-daily-care/caring-for-your-dog-in-winter

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