The Dog Days of Summer

Happy Summer!  The kids are out of school, the weather is heating up and you and your dog are ready for a great summer in El Dorado County.  Here are just a couple of tips to remember to keep your Fido safe now that summer is upon us.  First of all, here are the more obvious warnings

  • Don’t leave your dog in the car.  We all know how warm it gets here in Folsom/El Dorado Hills.  Leave Fido at home now when you run your errands
  • Always have shade and water available
  • Be careful of rattlesnakes

The not-so-obvious warnings:

  • The pavement can get scorching here in the foothills.  If you stop to talk to your neighbor, make sure your dog isn’t left to endure this hot pavement on hishttp://www.dreamstime.com/royalty-free-stock-photography-dog-summer-holidays-image26274857 feet.  We don’t notice it because we have shoes on, but it burns their pads just like it would burn our bare feet.
  • Many dogs can get sunburned.  If your dog’s coat is scarce in places or has pink pigment in their skin, they are susceptible to sunburns.
  • Foxtails can be an expensive and dangerous nuisance.  With the weather heating up and all the weed-wacking going on, the foxtails are in full force.  Make sure you check your dog after each outing .

The best defense to a super hot day is to go big early!  Take a big walk or run early in the morning.  Or, enjoy a trip to Folsom Lake where your dog can cool off at their leisure.  Then, enjoy the rest of the day lounging in the shade!

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