Thursday, July 05, 2012

Summer a bear for dogs

Everything you do in summer, a dog does wearing a fur coat.

Tufts has some tips for keeping Rover (was any dog named that—ever?) safe and woofy this summer.

Of course, we know loud fireworks scare some animals—same for thunder storms.

Cookouts can be dangerous—those shish kabob sticks, for one. A dog won’t pull the meat off—a dog will just wolf the whole deal. Ouch for you when you see the vet bill—not to mention ouch for the pooch.

Bones, especially chicken bones, can fracture and stick through intestines.

Garlic, chocolate, grapes and raisins are dog no-nos.

Don’t let everyone at the barbeque feed the dog people food—a little is OK, but it adds up fast.

When it’s hot, and especially hot and humid, push the water. Put in ice cubes. Be sure there is shade for the dog to lie down. Never close a pet in the car, even with the window cracked (which does basically nothing in seriously hot weather).

Ah, common sense—so magnificently uncommon!

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